Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close

Yesterday I saw the film “Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close” based on the book by Jonathan Safran Foer.

I read the book two years ago for class. The experimental nature of it with the addition of photographs and other elements enhanced the story for me. It became one of the novels I’ve recommended others to read.

And I have to say that this is one of my favorite novel-to-movie adaptations. The recurring images of the photographs were part of the film. Even though Grandma’s story was not part of the film, the film was complete in itself with its focus on Oskar and his relationship with his parents.

Not to mention that Alexandre Desplat wrote the original music for the film. He’s one of my favorite film composers, so of course I bought the soundtrack.

If you haven’t read the book or seen the film, put it on your to-read and to-watch list.


  1. Cassie

    They delete Grandma?! Oh no. I’m going to have to see it now that you’ve inspired me.

  2. She’s there, but none of her back story provided in the book is present. Her story was one of my favorite parts of the book, but the film juggled the other stories and elements pretty well. A film can only do so much.

    Have you read the book? Let me know what you think of the film, Cassie.

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