Eastern Boys
Eastern Boys (2015)

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.… More

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Rated: Unrated
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Genre: Drama
Release Date: June 2, 2015
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Critic Score: 91% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

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.

Gary Goldstein
Los Angeles Times

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

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Stephen Holden
New York Times

Explores interlocking themes of sexuality, immigration and power dynamics with a cleareyed sensitivity and refuses to demonize even its shadiest characters.

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John Esther
UR Chicago Magazine

The film tackles solidarity and solitude, economic class, language and lingering ages -- managing to remain engaging throughout most of its two hours-plus running time.

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Rene Rodriguez
Miami Herald

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.

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Guy Lodge

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.

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Jim Schembri

Dour, dark sexual drama about a rich, middle-aged French pervert (Olivier Rabourdin) who arranges for a rent boy to turn up to his plush apartment only to find his plans going awry.

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Bob Mondello

Both surprisingly resonant, and something of a thrill-ride.

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Boyd van Hoeij
Hollywood Reporter

Campillo thankfully refrains from offering on-the-nose explications for behavior and decisions, instead letting audiences infer psychology and motivation from on-screen behavior.

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Craig Mathieson
The Age (Australia)

[An] ambitious and often arresting French drama.

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