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Eastern Boys

France, English | French, 128 mins

  • Director: Robin Campillo
  • Writer: Robin Campillo
  • Producer: Hugues Charbonneau; Marie-Ange Luciani

CGiii Comment

This is absolutely horrific....chilling and so desperately sad.
Exploiting the foolish....exploiting the vulnerable.....and, the cost of 'love'.
When Europe dropped its internal borders.....all hell was let loose, both criminally and morally. The East screws the Western wallet while the West screws the Eastern arse.
This only highlights some of the problems with mass, inequitable immigration, it offers no solution (which would be impossible) but, it also offers no hope, it is devastatingly pessimistic....
When an iPhone becomes a status symbol for those with nothing - then, that's it - what hope do we have?!?!?!?
At over 2 hours, Campillo does not like to rush things - and, it works to the films' benefit.
A stunning, difficult film.
Menacing. Disturbing. Essential. Frustrating.


The(ir) Blurb...

They come from all over Eastern Europe: Russia, Romania, Ukraine. They are Eastern boys. The oldest appear no more than 25; as for the youngest, there is no way of telling their age. They hang around the Gare du Nord train station in Paris. They might be prostitutes, but there is no way of knowing for certain. Muller, a discreet man in his late fifties has his eye on one of them - Marek. One afternoon, Muller gathers his courage and speaks to him. The young man agrees to come visit Muller the following day, at his place. However the next day, when the doorbell rings, Muller doesn't have the faintest idea that he has fallen into a trap.

Cast & Characters

Olivier Rabourdin as Daniel;
Kirill Emelyanov as Marek / Rouslan;
Daniil Vorobyov as Boss;
Edea Darcque as Chelsea;
Camila Chakirova as Camila;
Beka Markozashvili as Petit Marek;
Bislan Yakhiaev as Bislan;
Mohamed Doukouzov as Mohamed;
Aitor Bourgade as Guillaume;
Rassambek Kourmanov as Membre de la bande

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