Enlightenment Guaranteed

Synopsis: Two very different brothers get together for a temporary stay in a Japanese zen monastry. The trip from Germany to Japan brings up some unexpected quests they have to manage. Soon both really have to leave their ordinary lifes behind and are on a voyage to themselves.
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Director(s): Doris Dörrie
Production: Universal Studios Home Video
  2 wins.
Rotten Tomatoes:
109 min

Me and my lantern

And my lantern and me...

The stars are shining bright

Our lanterns in the night

Burn bright tonight

Burn bright all night

Burn bright tonight

Burn bright all night


I don't have a light.

So now I have to carry it?

Look, Papa has a moon.

Now what do we do?

I've had enough of this.

Go on, 'Me and my lantern'...

I have the nicest lantern.

From Papa.

I'm sleeping.

Wake up!


tell them to be quiet.

Now you've woken her up. Oh, no...

Go on.

She was up almost all night.

Shut them up.


Why all the noise?

You know how Papa gets, don't you?


Get up and brush your teeth.

Not yet.

Wake up, sleepyhead!

I am too!

Rise and shine!

[ Let go! ]

I'm trying to sleep. Petra!

Stay here!

I've had it!

Where are my jogging shoes?

They were over there.

I don't know. Look for them.

Did you hide my shoes?

- Stop it. Now you're yelling too.

- I have to hear.

Why do you think they yell?

Because you do.

Did you hide my shoes?

Listen to me.

I don't believe it.

This fountain...

It's the 4th time.

And it was expensive.

The floor...

And the rug...

Oh, sh*t!

I don't get it.

I mean...

it must be leaking somewhere.

Is it cold milk?

No, it's warm.

Something new.

Hello, Emilia.

Serves you right.

You know he doesn't like it.

It's only logical.

Emilia, look at me.

Look who's here.

Look who's crying.

Don't cry.

People learn from experience.

That's what makes us human.

Mama's coming.

In theory, at least.

Papa's filming and Mama's coming.

Mama made a mess.

These elements are movable.

The entire corner is.

Mobile kitchens for flexible people.

This unit has

exciting materials.

Might interest the gentleman.

Maple and metal.

And this is granite.

It's available

in various shades of grey.



Are you coming?


You have your key?

Nice of you to come.

I don't feel well here anymore.

Not in my own home.

I want to change something.

I've already had a change

in my private life.

That's life.

My mother...

And this is the kitchen?

This is the cooking area.

And the dining area...

Yes, well, it's apparent

that the energy here

flows right through

with no chance to focus.

In that window

and out that one.

Not very positive.

Is that better?

A little, for the moment.

I sit here. That's my husband's seat.

My ex-husband's, that is.

One could say that your seat is not

really favorable.

In the line of fire

of negative energy.

Whereas your partner, your husband

picked the best spot of all here.

The throne, so to speak.

The throne?

That's just like him.

The throne?

Why not...

Your date of birth?

April 10th, 1956.

fire monkey.


I am too.

And... your element is earth.

Your best direction is...


So everything in that area.

In the south you have


That's true.

He used to throw plates at me.

In the south.

But I went after him with a knife

and cut his hand.

Most arguments start in the kitchen.


It's true.

Most kitchens are poorly designed.

Too crowded.

Worst thing there is...

No space in a kitchen.

- I hate that.

- Me too.

A kitchen needs room.

And life.

A place to be together.

A kitchen has to make you happy.

You can think

while you chop and cook.

Aerobics for the soul.

Ever really cut onions?

Totally concentrated?

Thinking about nothing

but the onions?

Cleans out your head.

And your eyes.

Always makes me cry.

Why are we moving?

Where are we going?

Where are we moving?

Yeah, where to?

When do we go skiing?

When are we going skiing?

You have your scarf?

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Doris Dörrie

Doris Dörrie (German: [ˈdœri̯ə]; born 26 May 1955) is a German film director, producer and author. more…

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