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Eastern Drift (2010)

Indigène d'Eurasie (original title)
A drug smuggler is betrayed by his partner and is then forced to seek help from Russian mobsters.


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Gena (as Sharunas Bartas)
Klavdiya Korshunova ...
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Aurélien Vernhes-Lermusiaux ...


When drug smuggler Genia is betrayed by his partner, he has no choice but to get help from a Russian mobster. His main goal is to retreat from the crime world and retire. He travels to Moscow, where he arrives at his ex-girlfriend Sasha, a hooker with a heart. Everything goes wrong from there and Genia is forced to flee with Sasha through Lithuania and Belarus where he will finally end up in France. Written by mahajanssen

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Eastern Drift  »

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Drug smuggler Sharunas Bartas on the fringes
26 December 2015 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Indigène d'Eurasie (2010) aka "Eastern Drift" is the baby of Sharunas Bartas, who stars, directed and co-wrote. He's listed as cinematographer too. It's a good film, a neo-noir. I'd like to see more of his work. He's a serious movie maker.

We see here a life of a drug smuggler (Gena) who's on the fringes of the society and countries he moves through. His business is very risky, not simply because there are always cops and border agents who can catch you, but also because you cannot count on or trust associates and those you deal with. You have to be awfully poker-faced, suspicious and ready to use violence.

I got a little lost in some places knowing exactly where he was in eastern Europe or Moscow, but that's no big deal. He has two different girl friends, one more or less held in prostitution and the other more a calculating type who will take money for sex. His relationships with these two are interesting too because he seems to be using both of them. His true feelings are submerged.

A deal goes badly and he must travel east to Moscow. He stands to lose a lot of money. In part of the story, he's traveling back to Paris with his Moscow squeeze, Klavdiya Korshunova. Meanwhile his Paris squeeze, Elisa Sednaoui, has hooked up with another guy; but we can tell that it really may be the other way around and he spells trouble.

Gena is really on the fringes when he's out in a wild area, soaking wet, cold and trying to cross the border. He's naked and shivering while he dries his clothes on a fire, at which point he does a mixture of crying and laughing at his position. He has been reduced to almost nothing, but he doesn't give up.

There is depth to the characters in Bartas's story. They come across as real. Their options are few and they make their way the best way they can. But they're in a jungle. It's not "The Asphalt Jungle" but a jungle of dark nights, sunny snowy days, cars and highways, out-of-the-way food places and places to sack out, double crosses and disloyalty. This jungle traverses open spaces and border crossings. Geographically, it's a distant offspring of John Huston's masterpiece. Morally, we no longer have a cohesive gang that falls to weaknesses. Now we have a sole individual up against tough forces.

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