6.9/10
1,895
9 user 33 critic

Eden Is West (2009)

Eden à l'Ouest (original title)
A drama centered around the illegal immigrants living in the EU.

Director:

Reviews

Watch Now

From $2.99 on Amazon Video

Videos

Photos

Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

The Ax (2005)
Comedy | Crime | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  

A chemist (Garcia) loses his job to outsourcing. Two years later and still jobless, he hits on a solution: to genuinely eliminate his competition.

Director: Costa-Gavras
Stars: José Garcia, Karin Viard, Geordy Monfils
Capital (2012)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  

The newly appointed CEO of a giant European investment bank works to hold on to his power when an American hedge fund company tries to buy out his company.

Director: Costa-Gavras
Stars: Gad Elmaleh, Gabriel Byrne, Liya Kebede
Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  

An unknown Polish writer can't publish his novels, so his ex-wife decides to help him and get some of the profit for herself. She finally finds a publisher, but there's a strange single condition that could cost the writer his life.

Director: Costa-Gavras
Stars: André Dussollier, Pierre Arditi, Jirí Menzel
Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.9/10 X  

French rocker Johnny Hallyday stars as a professional thief just released from jail. He returns to stealing to support his family. After several successful thefts, he decides to include his under-aged kid into the "family business".

Director: Costa-Gavras
Stars: Johnny Hallyday, Fanny Ardant, Guy Marchand
Amen. (2002)
Crime | Drama | War
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  

During WWII SS officer Kurt Gerstein tries to inform Pope Pius XII about Jews being sent to extermination camps. Young Jesuit priest Riccardo Fontana helps him in the difficult mission to inform the world.

Director: Costa-Gavras
Stars: Ulrich Tukur, Mathieu Kassovitz, Ulrich Mühe
Hanna K. (1983)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  

An Israeli lawyer is defending a Palestinian charged by The Military Court System in the Israeli-Occupied Territories. It's a tough case because of a strong political background.

Director: Costa-Gavras
Stars: Jill Clayburgh, Jean Yanne, Gabriel Byrne
Drama | History | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  

In occupied France during the WWII, a German officer is murdered. The collaborationist Vichy government decides to pin the murder on six petty criminals. Loyal judges are called in to convict them as quickly as possible.

Director: Costa-Gavras
Stars: Louis Seigner, Roland Bertin, Michael Lonsdale
Music Box (1989)
Crime | Drama | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  

A lawyer defends her father accused of war crimes, but there is more to the case than she suspects.

Director: Costa-Gavras
Stars: Jessica Lange, Armin Mueller-Stahl, Frederic Forrest
Womanlight (1979)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  

Reciprocal consolation. The background of two middle-aged people (Michel and Lydia) is gradually unfolded. Michel's wife is incurably ill. They had agreed that she would take her life on ... See full summary »

Director: Costa-Gavras
Stars: Yves Montand, Romy Schneider, Romolo Valli
Mad City (1997)
Crime | Drama | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.2/10 X  

A disgruntled security guard holds a school trip group hostage, while a news reporter forms a bond with him.

Director: Costa-Gavras
Stars: John Travolta, Dustin Hoffman, Alan Alda
Mystery | Romance | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  

Six people travel in a railroad sleeping car from Marseilles to Paris. Upon their arrival, a woman is found dead in one of the berths. The police investigate the other five passengers, ... See full summary »

Director: Costa-Gavras
Stars: Catherine Allégret, Jacques Perrin, Simone Signoret
Shock Troops (1967)
Drama | History | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  

A French resistance group liberates some German prisoners. Turns out one of them is a spy.

Director: Costa-Gavras
Stars: Charles Vanel, Bruno Cremer, Jean-Claude Brialy
Edit

Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
...
Elias
Odysseas Papaspiliopoulos ...
L'ami d'Elias
Léa Wiazemsky ...
Nina
...
Un amie de Nina
...
Une amie de Nina
Stella-Melina Vasilaki ...
L'hôtesse
Gil Alma ...
Bob
...
Jack, le directeur de l'Eden Club
Marissa Triandafyllidou ...
La directrice de l'Eden Club (as Marisha Triantafillidou)
...
Yvan (as Konstantinos Markoulakis)
...
Marie-Lou
Alexandre Bancel ...
Bernard
...
Christina Lisner (as Juliane Koehler)
Igor Raspopov ...
Leonid
Ina Tsolakis ...
La femme de Leonid
Edit

Storyline

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

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Genres:

Drama

Certificate:

See all certifications »
Edit

Details

Country:

| |

Language:

| | |

Release Date:

11 February 2009 (France)  »

Also Known As:

Az Éden nyugatra van  »

Filming Locations:

 »

Box Office

Budget:

$12,000,000 (estimated)
 »

Company Credits

Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Color:

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
See  »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

When Elias meets another immigrant (Ahmet Zirek) from the same country as him, the language they are actually using is reverse French. See more »

Connections

Referenced in Elite Squad: The Enemy Within (2010) See more »

Soundtracks

Wunderbar, dabei zu sein
Written by Ulrich Tukur and Les Rythmus Boys
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

 
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.


14 of 20 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Recent Posts
Where is Elias from? jazzyfatnastees
Why hasn't this terrific film been released in the U.S.? endecottp
Discuss Eden Is West (2009) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for:
?