Eden  l'Ouest (Eden Is West)
Eden l'Ouest (Eden Is West) (2009)

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… More

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Rated: Unrated
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Release Date: February 11, 2009
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Critic Score: 86% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

A mediocre film.

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Paul Byrnes
Sydney Morning Herald

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.

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Joseph Proimakis
Movies for the Masses

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

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Jason Di Rosso
MovieTime, ABC Radio National

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.

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Jim Schembri
The Age (Australia)

The brightest, most-entertaining film of [Costas-Gavras'] illustrious career.

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Mark Demetrius
FILMINK (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.

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Louise Keller
Urban Cinefile

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

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Flixster Audience Score: 65% Flixster User Reviews
Anastasia Bartzoulianou
I loved this and I can't explain why!