Film d'image-cristal le personnage semble être autant la victime de ses démons que l'acteur de sa résignation. Apologie du silence. Le film vacille entre univers mental et réalité sociale désastreuse, dans une volonté globale de dépossession et de romanesque. Ce qu'il y a de pire dans ce film ne sont pas les personnages, mais le fait qu'ils existent pour de vrai.
This movie is longer than 2 hours, but you don't notice for the time to pass. It starts as a psychological experience (what would you do in Daniel's shoes if you set your own house robbery?), then things calm down as Daniel and Marek know each other in a very tender way, and the rollercoaster of emotions comes again for the final apogee. If more people saw this movie, prostitution ratings would definitely come down.
I very much enjoyed this edgy mixture of thriller, gay romance and sociopolitical criticism. This man and these boys (specially Boss and Marek/Rouslan) are very magnetic and the mood is very tense right from the start. That was, hands down, the best robbery scene ever!
Unsettling because of the harshness of the Eastern hustlers but I grew to empathize with their plight. I liked how the protagonist handled all the situations thrust upon him. The film develops slowly but if you stick with it you will be rewarded. The cinematography is fresh and interesting.
A social drama, a love story, a thriller; "Eastern boys" is many things but at the core it's about the situation of immigrants "sans papier" in Europe. It works this theme on many levels and it's this multi-layeredness that makes the movie special. The characters are also well written and the actors do a fine job in bringing them to life.
Beautiful shots and superb acting. The expression on the protagonist's face was interminably unreadable which, in some odd way, added to the film instead of taking away from it. Shows how thin the line is between the different branches of love & affection; which makes for a very uncomfortable film, but uncomfortable ideas make for interesting conceptualizations.
The opening sequence at the train station, by itself, would guarantee the interest of this film: a close reading of a space(s) and its sounds, a real place that will come fictional by découpage. Becoming is an important factor of the fiction and the film, in the fourth chapter, at the immigrants hotel,finds the excellence of its beginning. The boy who plays the young Ukrainian is of a Bressonian correctness.
'Eastern Boys' conte l'histoire d'un amour naissant entre un propriétaire solitaire d'une quarantaine d'années et un jeune ukrainien immigré. Ce film pèche selon moi par une mise en scène regardable, mais très banale, passe-partout donc. Mais bien que je me sois ennuyé pendant la première demi-heure - lenteurs, longueurs -, je ne peux qu'admirer le travail scénaristique remarquable de Campillo sur ce film. 3/5