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Eastern Boys (2013)

Unrated | | Crime, Drama, Romance | 2 April 2014 (France)
A businessman makes a regular arrangement with a Ukrainian prostitute, despite the youngster's involvement in a controlling street gang.

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Daniel
Kirill Emelyanov ...
Marek / Rouslan
Daniil Vorobyov ...
Boss (as Daniil Vorobyev)
Edéa Darcque ...
Chelsea
Bislan Yakhiaev ...
Bislan
Mohamed Doukouzov ...
Mohamed
Camila Chakirova ...
Camila
Aitor Bourgade ...
Guillaume
Beka Markozashvili ...
Petit Marek
Rassambek Kourmanov ...
Membre de la bande
Alexander Galkin ...
Membre de la bande
Ousmane Artchakov ...
Membre de la bande
Ali Moussaev ...
Membre de la bande
Zelimkhan Nassourov ...
Membre de la bande
Roustam Aliyev ...
Membre de la bande
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They come from all over Eastern Europe: Russia, Romania, Ukraine. They are Eastern boys. The oldest appear no more than 25; as for the youngest, there is no way of telling their age. They hang around the Gare du Nord train station in Paris. They might be prostitutes, but there is no way of knowing for certain. Muller, a discreet man in his late fifties has his eye on one of them - Marek. One afternoon, Muller gathers his courage and speaks to him. The young man agrees to come visit Muller the following day, at his place. However the next day, when the doorbell rings, Muller doesn't have the faintest idea that he has fallen into a trap. Written by anonymous

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Also Known As:

Agoria ap' ta anatolika  »

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Budget:

€2,300,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$5,726 (USA) (27 February 2015)

Gross:

$16,173 (USA) (1 May 2015)
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Much more than I expected
20 December 2015 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I was only prepared to give this film just half a chance (which I'm glad I did), and bail out as soon as it got too "Euro" for me.

Aside from one semi-painful and overly long techno-music / dancing scene early on, the film was perfectly palatable to this particular Mid-Western American's tastes.

As others have noted, it starts off a bit slowly, and you're left wondering if there will ever be any dialogue.

Turns out there is, and in multiple languages too. I loved the realism of the two initially only being able to communicate through their own broken English, instead of their native tongues (each being unfamiliar to the other).

Really well acted by all, and beautifully filmed. It had a documentary feel to it, without the obnoxious jittery camera work that some directors think that look requires.

There are some mildly graphic gay sex scenes, so if that's too much for you, consider yourself warned. It's hardly gratuitous though, and nothing you haven't seen between heterosexual characters in other movies over the last thirty years.

The story could have used a bit more background on the primary characters, which is what prevented me from giving it an 8 or a 9. I can see how time constraints might have gotten in the way of the film maker's doing that however.

Anyway, it's a breath of fresh air from the usual formula and is much recommended.


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