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Eden Is West (2009)

Eden à l'Ouest (original title)
Not Rated | | Drama | 11 February 2009 (France)
A drama centered around the illegal immigrants living in the EU.

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Costa-Gavras
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
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 Stella-Melina Vasilaki ... L'hôtesse
Gil Alma ... Bob
Éric Caravaca ... Jack, le directeur de l'Eden Club
Marisha Triantafyllidou ... 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 Igor Raspopov ... Leonid
Ina Tsolakis 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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Drama

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Country:

France | Greece | Italy

Language:

French | German | Greek | English

Release Date:

11 February 2009 (France) See more »

Also Known As:

Eden is West See more »

Filming Locations:

France See more »

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Budget:

$12,000,000 (estimated)
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

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Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

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

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Wunderbar, dabei zu sein
Written by Ulrich Tukur and Les Rythmus Boys
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A Costa Gavras Letdown
19 October 2009 | by 3xHCCHSee all my reviews

I admit that it was the director's name that made me choose this film from the selection of international films offered by Qantas in their on-board entertainment system on my flight home.

The initial sequence of illegal immigrants on a boat was haunting as they ripped their identification cards and threw them into the water. As authorities came to arrest them, we meet Elias who dove into the sea to escape. He was washed ashore on a nudist beach resort. And from then you know that things would turn for the ludicrous.

It is a cat and mouse game as Elias tries to find his was to Paris to search for a magician who told him to look for him there. On that flimsy premise, the movie became a road trip where Elias encounters and interacts with people who had various problems. Elias was always just the witness of events, but we never find out anything about his past. We do not even know from which country he came from! I kept on watching the film because I wanted to see how Elias would finally fare when he reaches Paris. However when he does meet the magician in Paris, the expected grand finale of Elias' exodus was nowhere to be seen. The crazy visual gimmick that Costa Gavras did on the Eiffel Tower in the ending even made the whole movie look stupid.


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