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Cast

  (in credits order)

Riccardo Scamarcio ... Elias
Odysseas Papaspiliopoulos ... L'ami d'Elias
Léa Wiazemsky ... Nina

Tess Spentzos ... Un amie de Nina

Kristen Ross ... Une amie de Nina
Stella-Melina Vasilaki ... L'hôtesse
Gil Alma ... Bob

Éric Caravaca ... Jack, le directeur de l'Eden Club
Marissa Triandafyllidou ... La directrice de l'Eden Club (as Marisha Triantafillidou)

Constantine Markoulakis ... Yvan (as Konstantinos Markoulakis)

Mona Achache ... Marie-Lou
Alexandre Bancel ... Bernard

Juliane Köhler ... Christina Lisner (as Juliane Koehler)
Igor Raspopov ... Leonid
Ina Tsolakis ... La femme de Leonid
Vitalyk Field ... Le fils de Leonid

David Lowe ... Fred
Ana Paula Aurijo ... Elena

Ulrich Tukur ... Nick Nickleby
Dylan Talleux ... Assistant Nick Nickelby
Arto Apartian ... Le commerçant du bazar
Tasos Kostis ... Le chauffeur voleur
Dina Mihailidou ... Sofia, la paysanne
Manolis Psychogioudakis ... Le fils de Sofia
Konstantina Hamalaki ... La fille de Sofia
Ieroklis Michaelidis ... L'homme du couple dans la Mercedes (as Ieroklis Mihailidis)
Anny Loulou ... L'épouse du notable (as Annie Loulou)
Florian Martens ... Günther, le premier routier

Antoine Monot Jr. ... Karl, le second routier (as Antoine Monot)
David Kruger ... Le premier rabatteur de l'usine
Bruno Paviot ... Le deuxième rabatteur de l'usine
Marcel Mankita ... Le contremaître de l'usine
Ahmed Elkourachi ... Un ouvrier (as Ahmed El Kourachi)
Jian-Zhang ... Kim
Jean-Pierre Gos ... Franz
Jean-Christophe Folly ... Le chanteur / musicien
Alain Aithnard ... L'Africain
Guerassim Dichliev ... Le type dans la douche
Juliette Galoisy ... La caissière
Olivier Chenevat ... Un garde
Sophie Parel ... La jeune femme qui distribue dss mouquettes
Isabelle Dunatte ... La dame pipi
Dennis Rezard ... Le contrebassiste de l'orchestre
Costel Mirol ... Le chef gitan
Justin Blanckaert ... Basile, le conducteur de la Jaguar (as Justin Blankaert)
François Criqui ... Salem, le garagiste
Zirek ... Le compatriote d'Elias (as Ahmet Zirek)
Cyrille Dobbels ... Le voisin à l'asile de nuit
Alexandra Riegel ... Une dame dans le TGV
Alexandra Skira ... Une dame dans le TGV
Antoine Kakou ... Un étudiant dans le TGV
Jean-Benoît Terral ... L'homme de la gare de l'Est
Alain Dzukam Simo ... Le balayeur africain devant la gare de l'Est
Djiby Badiane ... Le marchand d'objets africains
Murali Perumal ... L'Hindou

Frédéric Chau ... L'Asiatique
Aymen Saïdi ... Le petit basané qui donne un coup de boule
Gil Demurger ... Un C.R.S.
Christophe Roblin ... Un C.R.S.
Bonnafet Tarbouriech ... Le serveur de la brasserie
Vincent Andrieu ... Monsieur métro
Emmanuel Ambroise ... Le mendiant aux gobelets
Anny Duperey ... La dame qui offre une veste à Elias
Christophe Dru ... Le policier en rollers
Bruno Lochet ... Yann, un SDF
Yves Alion ... Un SDF
Martine Demaret ... Une SDF
Xavier Maly ... Un policier chez les SDF
Clara Schwartzenberg ... La jeune fille du métro
Jean-Claude Grumberg ... L'homme à la sortie du métro

Michel Robin ... Le portier du Lido
Julie Gavras ... La dame à la poussette
Elias Hamon ... L'enfant dans la poussette
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Eric Wagner

Mark Antoine ... Man in sportscar (uncredited)

Directed by
Costa-Gavras 
 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Costa-Gavras  writer
Jean-Claude Grumberg  writer

Produced by
Salem Brahimi .... co-producer
Costa-Gavras .... producer
Nikos Doukas .... executive producer
Léonard Glowinski .... co-producer
Manos Krezias .... producer
Kostas Lambropoulos .... executive producer
Michèle Ray-Gavras .... line producer
Dionyssis Samiotis .... co-producer (as Dionysis Samiotis)
Jérôme Seydoux .... producer
 
Original Music by
Armand Amar 
 
Cinematography by
Patrick Blossier 
 
Film Editing by
Yannick Kergoat 
 
Casting by
Sotiria Marini (Greek actors)
Marie-France Michel 
Sabine Schroth (German actors)
 
Production Design by
Alexandre Bancel 
 
Art Direction by
Konstadinos Papageorgiou  (as Konstantinos Papageorgiou)
 
Costume Design by
Mathé Pontanier 
Ioulia Stavridou 
 
Production Management
Nikos Doukas .... production manager
Restaki Elena .... assistant production manager
Christina Katsiadakis .... assistant production manager
Laurence Lafiteau .... unit production manager
Florence Masset .... production manager
Maxime Tellier .... assistant unit manager
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Léonidas Arvanitis .... third assistant director
Véronique Bréchot .... third assistant director
Victor Holl .... additional assistant director
Joseph Rapp .... first assistant director
Dylan Talleux .... second assistant director
 
Sound Department
Thanassis Arvanitis .... sound
Guillaume D'Ham .... dialogue editor
Thomas Desjonquères .... supervising sound editor
Assia Dnednia .... foley assistant (as Assia Zipper)
Michel Filippi .... adr supervisor
Jonathan Gargui Dit Marco .... assistant sound editor
Thomas Gauder .... sound re-recording mixer
José A. Manovel .... spanish sap mixer (as Jose A. Manovel)
Pierre Martens .... sound recordist
 
Visual Effects by
César Chiffre .... visual effects
Erwan Davigano .... visual effects supervisor
Benoît Maffone .... digital artist
 
Stunts
Frédéric Vallet .... stunt coordinator
Alain Villain .... stunt driver
Henry Villain .... stunt driver
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Eric Blanckaert .... first assistant camera
François Criqui .... grip
Maéva Drecq .... video assistant
Cyril Girard .... additional electrician
Bakogiannis Kostas .... electrician
Michael Tsimperopoulos .... Steadicam operator
Michael Tsimperopoulos .... aerial camera operator
Michael Tsimperopoulos .... camera operator
Michael Tsimperopoulos .... director of photography: second unit
Didier Versolatto .... gaffer
Panagiotis Vougioukas .... Steadicam assistant
Irini Zevgoli .... second assistant camera
 
Casting Department
Emmanuela Fragiadaki .... casting
Marie-France Michel .... extras casting
Victoria Trzeciak .... casting
Victoria Trzeciak .... extras casting (uncredited)
 
Editorial Department
Ornella Del-Vecchio .... digital conformation
Sophia Del-Vecchio .... digital conformation
Frederic Jupin .... digital conformation
Yorgos Lamprinos .... assistant editor
Raymond Terrentin .... colorist
Philippe Tourret .... post-production coordinator
 
Music Department
Camille Adrien .... composer: additional music
Sylvain Morizet .... musician: pianist
Emilie Ruby .... pianist
 
Other crew
Angeliki Arvanitis .... script supervisor
Stéphane Boulay .... travelling car
Nicolas Boulenger .... helicopter pilot
Grégoory Malheiro .... press attache
Mylène Ollivier .... location manager
Dominique Segall .... press attache
 

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Also Known As:
"Eden à l'Ouest" - France (original title)
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Argentina:110 min (Mar del Plata Film Festival) | France:110 min
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French visa # 119541.See more »
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16 out of 26 people found the following review useful.
A gorgeous undocumented Chaplin thrust upon an implausible Odyssey, 25 February 2009
Author: Chris Knipp from Berkeley, California

Greek-born, long-time Paris resident filmmaker Costa-Gavras (of the classic political thriller Z) had grand ambitions in making Eden Is West/Eden à l'ouest. He engaged veteran playwright and screenwriter Jean-Claude Grumberg to write the dialogue. He also recruited Italian heartthrob Ricardo Scamarcio, charismatic and appealing as Elias, the mostly silent, Chaplinesque, yet gorgeous lead character, an illegal of no specific nationality (when he briefly speaks his own tongue, it's a made-up language) aiming through thick and thin to get to Paris. A very modern story meant to engage universal sympathies was the aim.

But in the event, Elias' adventures seem little more than a motley series of improvisations, some lurid, some hairy, some comical, unable to form into anything lastingly memorable, touching, or meaningful. Scamarcio shows himself an excellent mime and is sympathetic throughout. Elias is a chameleon whose ability to insert himself into almost every situation he enters borders on the fantastic. When he talks about the film, Costa-Gavras mentions globalization, the exploitation of immigrants, world poverty, the wanderings of Ulysses. But 'Eden Is West' winds up being mostly just the picaresque tale of a young charmer, attractive to men and women, trusted by all, endlessly resilient, surviving on minimal sleep and a diet of hastily grabbed croissants and gulps of coffee, shedding garments and identities with equal alacrity. And that's all very well, but so what? If this is 'Candide,' it's 'Candide' without the enlightenment or the political savvy.

Elias' adventures begin when he jumps off a boat full of illegals as the coast guard approaches, and is one of several young men who lands, alive, on a posh island resort called "Eden" that has nude bathing as one of its entertainments. The film holds our attention and sets the theme: Elias is always in danger of getting found out and hauled away. We hold our breath as he runs just ahead of the cops or security. Awekening the next morning on the island, he strips naked to fit in, turns into a bellboy by donning an "Eden" jacket, get kissed by a gay hotel host, is forced to repair a jammed toilet by an Israeli, and is adopted as a bed-mate by horny German widow Christina (Juliane Koehler) during a spectacular rainstorm. This resort sequence is slickly done, more extended and more emotionally engaging than the precipitous road picture that soon follows. But it also reads as a segment out of a soft-core B picture: in terms of setting tone and focus, it gets things off to an unpromising start. Things are too easy and too random. The first twenty minutes show the flaws of the whole 110-minute film. Costa-Gavras is adept at convincingly establishing his kaleidoscopic sequence of milieus. But not so good at making a logical arc of the adventures.

Elias' ability to fall easily into any role leads him to serve not only as a hotel underling and as Christina's lover, but also as the assistant of the Eden resort's German resident magician, Nick Nickelby (Ulrich Tukur). Later he escapes the resort and finds himself working for a traveling vendor, recruited at a clandestine electronics recycling factory, and donning various disguises to evade the cops. He's a fugitive, cut-rate Felix Krull manqué, and there's the suspicion from the start that all these things are temptations the delay this Ulysses from finding his Ithaka--which may be the Paris nightclub where Nick Nicholby tells him he usually works. Nickelby says, "If you come to Paris, come and see me," and through his travels, Elis keeps struggling to get this sentence in French memorized, and to make it to the Paris nightclub and the magician. Nobody knows his language, and his hold on French is shaky; hence the value of Scamarcio's expressive mouth and big, soulful eyes.

It's hard to see what the point is of the rich, squabbling Greek couple (Ieroklis Mihailidis and Annie Loulou) or the gang of gypsies who at first think him one of theirs, or the louche pair of German truckers (Antoine Monot, Florian Martens) who leave him off at a crossroads between the routes to Hamburg and to Paris. More adventures and narrow escapes follow, and Elias does eventually make it to the City of Light and find the magician.

Apparently Costa-Gavras meant to keep his treatment of an illegal's travails on the way to gainful employment in the European Union lighthearted, but the various episodes just aren't memorable or meaningful enough. This is a great role for Ricardo Scamarcio, or might have been; unfortunately the project seems too ill conceived to have lasting value.

Eden à l'ouest opened in Paris February 11, 2009 to mediocre reviews. It was shown as part of the Rendez-Vous with French Cinema at Lincoln Center, March 2009. 110 minutes.

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