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ENLIGHTENMENT GUARANTEED (ERLEUCHTUNG GARANTIERT)

ENLIGHTENMENT GUARANTEED

Two brothers want to get their screwed-up lives together by going to Japan for a retreat in a Zen monastery. Enroute, their midlife crisis turns into a midnight crisis when they get lost in Tokyo's neon jungle and can't find the way back to their hotel. It's down and out in Asia's brave new world. With no papers, credit cards, directions, and with no Yen in their pockets, they wander through a kaleidoscopic alien environment where the simplest everyday things become major, often comical, challenges. They have to survive by their wits and certainly never expected the Zen concept of "leaving everything behind" to be like this.

Life in the monastery is an immersion of a more subtle kind. The mundane and the sublime - where does the one stop and the other start? What does cleaning the floor have to do with cleansing your heart? Still, the enigma of enlightenment keeps them going. But although it often seems just within their grasp, it continues to elude them. And yet, even if they don't fully realize it, at the very core ot their being, it's changing them ...


Doris Dörrie was born in Hanover. After studying Acting, Philosophy and Psychology in the US, she studied at the University of Television & Film in Munich, where she now runs the Creative Writing Department. In addition to directing, she is also a novelist. Her award-winning films include: STRAIGHT THROUGH THE HEART (MITTEN INS HERZ, 1983), INSIDE THE BELLY OF THE WHALE (IN INNEREN DES WALS, 1984), MEN (MÄNNER, 1985), PARADISE (PARADIES, 1986), ME AND HIM (ICH UND ER, 1988), MONEY (GELD, 1989), HAPPY BIRTHDAY! (HAPPY BIRTHDAY, TÜRKE!, 1992), NOBODY LOVES ME (KEINER LIEBT MICH, 1994), AM I BEAUTIFUL? (BIN ICH SCHÖN?,1998), ENLIGHTENMENT GUARANTEED (ERLEUCHTUNG GARANTIERT, 2000), "NAKED" (NACKT, 2002), THE FISHERMAN AND HIS WIFE – WHY WOMEN NEVER GET ENOUGH (DER FISCHER UND SEINE FRAU – WARUM FRAUEN NIE GENUG BEKOMMEN, 2005), HOW TO COOK YOUR LIFE (2007), CHERRY BLOSSOMS - HANAMI (KIRSCHBLÜTEN – HANAMI, 2008), THE HAIRDRESSER (DIE FRISEUSE, 2010), BLISS (GLÜCK, 2011), THE WHOLE SHEBANG (ALLES INKLUSIVE, 2014), and GREETINGS FROM FUKUSHIMA (GRÜSSE AUS FUKUSHIMA, 2016).
Genre Tragicomedy
Category Feature
Year of Production 2000
Director Doris Dörrie
Screenplay Doris Dörrie
Cinematography Hans Karl Hu
Arne Sinnwell
Cast Gustav Peter Wöhler, Uwe Ochsenknecht, Heiner Lauterbach, Anica Dobra, Ulrike Kriener
Producer Franz Xaver Gernstl
Production Company Megaherz Film & Fernsehen/Munich
Length 108 min
Format 35 mm, color
Original Version
 German
Subtitled Version English
Sound Technology Dolby Digital
Festivals Hof 1999, Berlin 2000, Gothenburg 2000, Rotterdam 2000, Tallinn Black Nights 2006, Tokyo 2007
German Distributor Constantin Film Verleih

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