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: February 27, 2015
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Dave Calhoun
Time Out

Illegal immigration, unequal relationships and gay sex are put under the microscope in this compelling and slyly urgent drama.

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Rich Cline

An extremely topical theme and unpredictable characters hold the audience's attention even when this French drama takes some rather implausible turns.

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David Parkinson
Radio Times

The term "melodrama" is rarely used as a compliment, but writer/director Robin Campillo goes some way to reclaiming it with this four-act saga that switches tone and direction with assurance.

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Siobhan Synnot

A businessman (Olivier Rabourdin) makes an assignation with a rent boy and gets more than he bargained for.

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Ryan Gilbey
New Statesman

The effect is more redolent of a Gus Van Sant spin on Oliver Twist, not least because of Jeanne Lapoirie's dreamy cinematography (warm orange bodies against icy blue backdrops) and Robin Campillo's lyrical editing.

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Catherine Shoard

Robin Campillo's drama is sweet and neat, as ambitious as it is gripping.

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MaryAnn Johanson
Flick Filosopher

Repugnant drama about the tender relationship between a man who pays for sex and the boy he hires. At least Pretty Woman pretended to be a fairy tale.

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Wendy Ide
Times [UK]

Some films take a while to engage their audience. Others, like Robin Campillo's masterful Eastern Boys, grip you from the very first frame.

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David Jenkins
Little White Lies

This wistful study of migration and acceptance is over-stretched and tonally awkward despite some estimable performances.

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