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Eastern Boys (2015)

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Critic Consensus: Thoughtful, unpredictable, and overall gripping, Eastern Boys fills its sprawling running time with compelling themes and sharply drawn characters brought to life by powerful performances and deft direction.

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Arriving from all over the Eastern Bloc, the men who loiter around the Gare du Nord train station in Paris are scraping by however they can, forming gangs for support and protection, ever fearful of being caught by the police and deported. When the middle-aged, bourgeois Daniel played by Olivier Rabourdi approaches a boyishly handsome Ukrainian who calls himself Marek for a date, he learns the young man is willing to do anything for some cash. What Daniel intends only as sex-for-hire begets a home invasion and then an unexpectedly profound relationship. The drastically different circumstances of the two men's lives reveal hidden facets of the city they share. Presented in four parts, this absorbing, erotically charged drama from writer-director Robin Campillo is centered around anonymous liaisons, in which motivation, risk, and desire produce volatile and unexpected consequences.(C) First Run Features

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Cast

Kirill Emelyanov
as Marek/Paul
Alexander Galkin
as Membre de la Bande
Beka Markozashvili
as Petit Marek
Aitor Bourgade
as Guillaume
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Critic Reviews for Eastern Boys

All Critics (33) | Top Critics (9)

Writer-director-editor Robin Campillo has crafted an unruly yet pointed drama that should intrigue patient viewers.

April 30, 2015 | Full Review…
Los Angeles Times
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The movie argues that these teens' lawless, selfish mentality is a by-product of having grown up in war-stricken countries such as Chechnya, where they lived through horrors that permanently skewed their moral compasses.

April 2, 2015 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…
Miami Herald
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Both surprisingly resonant, and something of a thrill-ride.

February 27, 2015 | Full Review…
NPR
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Explores interlocking themes of sexuality, immigration and power dynamics with a cleareyed sensitivity and refuses to demonize even its shadiest characters.

February 26, 2015 | Full Review…
New York Times
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By turns a frightening home-invasion drama, a tender love story and a tense hide-and-seek thriller, with far more control over these unsettling tonal slides than initially seems feasible.

February 25, 2015 | Full Review…
Variety
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Campillo thankfully refrains from offering on-the-nose explications for behavior and decisions, instead letting audiences infer psychology and motivation from on-screen behavior.

February 25, 2015 | Full Review…
Hollywood Reporter
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