Erleuchtung garantiert (Enlightenment Guaranteed)
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Erleuchtung garantiert (Enlightenment Guaranteed)
Noted German filmmaker Doris Dorrie directs this understated comedy about two middle-aged brothers who go to study at a Zen monastery in Japan. The two brothers could not be more different. Uwe (Uwe Ochsenknecht) is a bored husband and kitchenware salesman, while Gustav (Gustav Peter Wohler) is a flighty feng shui consultant and Eastern religions devotee. Just as Gustav is preparing to leave for the land of the rising sun, Uwe, whose wife just dumped him, begs his brother to let him tag along. The first night in Tokyo proves to be a disaster. After a night of drinking, the pair get lost, spend… More
Rotten Tomatoes Score: 62%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"Dorrie manages to keep the film, and her characters, on track."
‑ Jeffrey M. Anderson, Combustible Celluloid
"Sometimes movies transcend their descriptions. Who would want to see a German film about a couple of brothers heading for Japan to visit a Zen monastery?"
‑ Steve Rhodes, Internet Reviews
"With its lack of visual artistry and its overabundance of expository dialogue, I was bored not long after it began."
‑ Ryan Cracknell, Apollo Guide
"Its coda--set in that remote monastery--shows signs that enlightenment, if not actually guaranteed, might still be possible for a couple of cranky Europeans."
‑ Ed Kelleher, Film Journal International
"Doris Dorrie obviously loves these guys, not in spite of their foibles and failings, but, oddly, because of them."
‑ Andrea Chase, Killer Movie Reviews
"You'll be every bit as satisfied for savoring its comic wit, subtle story, and fine cast."
‑ Elias Savada, Nitrate Online
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