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Eden Is West (2009)
"Eden à l'Ouest" (original title)

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A drama centered around the illegal immigrants living in the EU.

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Elias
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L'ami d'Elias
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Nina
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Un amie de Nina
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Une amie de Nina
Stella-Melina Vasilaki ...
L'hôtesse
Gil Alma ...
Bob
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Jack, le directeur de l'Eden Club
Marissa Triandafyllidou ...
La directrice de l'Eden Club (as Marisha Triantafillidou)
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Yvan (as Konstantinos Markoulakis)
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Marie-Lou
Alexandre Bancel ...
Bernard
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Christina Lisner (as Juliane Koehler)
Igor Raspopov ...
Leonid
Ina Tsolakis ...
La femme de Leonid
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A drama centered around the illegal immigrants living in the EU.

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Az Éden nyugatra van  »

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The extras in the naked beach scenes in Crete were paid EUR50 per day. Months before shooting began, "auditions" had been held in Heraklion. See more »

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Wunderbar, dabei zu sein
Written by Ulrich Tukur and Les Rythmus Boys
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Execellent story, excellent story-telling
9 November 2009 | by (France) – See all my reviews

This tale of illegal migrants is masterfully told as a straight story of events along the road to Paris. In order to illustrate many facets of the illegal immigrant saga, the writers have gone out of their way to include many more events, mishaps, and adventures that could credibly happen to a single migrant. Some people may object to this, but it serves to make this a more universal picture of events that can overtake an exile.

The emphasis of the story-telling is not a political or social statement, it's a strikingly enjoyable film with excellent cinematography which nevertheless manages to raise many serious issues. It's a story of human adaptation to loss of home and lack of normal human contact.

The protagonist says little because he can hardly speak French or English. Language throughout the film is not very important as a result. The audience, like migrants themselves, sits through episodes in Arabic, Greek, French, German, and English.

Along this rootless journey, he strikes up relationships ambiguous relationships along the road, mainly warm and yet fleeting - particularly the toy-boy episode at the start. There are many little subtle moments in the film, each making powerful comments about human moral choices under duress.

Combining suspense, drama, and subtly thought provoking episodes, this is another lasting film from Costa Gavras.


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