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261 Ratings

Eastern Boys

Directed by Robin Campillo
France, 2013


Daniel, a middle aged man, discretely comes into contact with Marek, one of the many Eastern European boys hustling around the Gare du Nord in Paris. Later on, when he thinks he is opening the door of his luxury apartment for Marek, the whole gang, led by the charismatic Boss, come to visit.

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Eastern Boys Directed by Robin Campillo
Eastern Boys seems like it can do just about anything, and in this way its creator lands closer to shape-shifting filmmakers like Miguel Gomes and Apichatpong Weerasethakul than its seemingly linear plotting would suggest. And even if Campillo’s film fell apart after that home invasion, what a magnificent sequence it is!
January 04, 2016
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Campillo is a gay man, who, at the peak of the AIDS crisis, took a few years off to work full-time against the scourge. Born in Morocco, he just may be in part of Arab descent. I do not know whether he has in his intimate life taken on the role of exploiter or exploited, or both, but he is obviously acquainted with the dynamics involved. His informed take on marginalization is extremely affecting. He has the audience in the palm of his hand.
February 27, 2015
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What could easily have been a sensationalist drama, about a bourgeois man getting into deep water when he walks on the wild side, becomes a much more complex and delicate affair.
February 26, 2015
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