Erleuchtung garantiert (Enlightenment Guaranteed)
Erleuchtung garantiert (Enlightenment Guaranteed) (1999)

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… More

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Rated: Unrated
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Release Date: June 1, 1999
DVD Release Date: August 12, 2003
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Critic Score: 62% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Jeffrey M. Anderson
Combustible Celluloid

Dorrie manages to keep the film, and her characters, on track.

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Steve Rhodes
Internet Reviews

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?

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Ryan Cracknell
Apollo Guide

With its lack of visual artistry and its overabundance of expository dialogue, I was bored not long after it began.

Ed Kelleher
Film Journal International

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.

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Andrea Chase
Killer Movie Reviews

Doris Dorrie obviously loves these guys, not in spite of their foibles and failings, but, oddly, because of them.

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Elias Savada
Nitrate Online

You'll be every bit as satisfied for savoring its comic wit, subtle story, and fine cast.

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Flixster Audience Score: 94% Flixster User Reviews
Emily Armstrong
This movie is charming on the whole, but even if it doesn't catch your fancy, it's worth sitting through just for the scene where "I Will… More
Kyle Meisch
A wonderful little comedy/drama. Very true to life, amusing, and even moving -- a genuine little Zen tale!