Eden  l'Ouest (Eden Is West)
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One man's dogged search for freedom and a better life leads him on a picaresque journey in this comedy-drama from celebrated filmmaker Costa-Gavras. Elias (Ricardo Scamarcio) is a young man from a nameless country in the Mediterranean who has tossed away his passport and paid a smuggler a handsome fee to be hidden inside a ship making its way to Europe. When immigration authorities stage a surprise inspection, Elias jumps ship along with a number of other unauthorized passengers, and hours later he washed up on the clothes-optional beach of a luxury resort on the Southern coast of France.… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 86%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"A mediocre film."
‑ Dennis Schwartz, Ozus' World Movie Reviews
"The tension is always between Costa-Gavras's dark view of human nature and his main character's hopes for the future. It's an uneven battle, although the film has enough strong and thoughtful moments to make you wish it was better."
‑ Paul Byrnes, Sydney Morning Herald
"o Gabras soy zestainei tin kardia me maestria stin epeisodiaki afigisi, esto ki an baltonei kommataki sto proto meros, holainei kata kairoys se deyterotrites ermineies (kyrios apo Ellines ermineytes) kai problimatizei me tin anesi poy prosperna politikoin"
‑ Joseph Proimakis, Movies for the Masses
"The tone of the film, despite some pretty hard living, remains warm with flashes of magic realism. This works against our expectations for this kind of road movie, and may seem too saccharine for some. I enjoyed the journey."
‑ Jason Di Rosso, MovieTime, ABC Radio National
"The brightest, most-entertaining film of [Costas-Gavras'] illustrious career."
‑ Jim Schembri, The Age (Australia)
"Costa-Gavras scores a few telling points -- about the callous crassness of privileged tourists, for example -- but whatever his intentions, the end product is essentially a rattling good yarn."
‑ Mark Demetrius, FILMINK (Australia)
"Director Costa-Gavras takes his own story as a Greek immigrant living in Paris to inject a personal touch to the story in which handsome Riccardo Scamarcio's asylum seeker Elias finds nothing but the unexpected as he looks for a new life"
‑ Louise Keller, Urban Cinefile
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