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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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Genres:

Drama

Certificate:

Not Rated | See all certifications »
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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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Box Office

Budget:

$12,000,000 (estimated)

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$2,187,716
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

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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La Tekno
Written by Jean-Claude Petit
[From the revue, "Bonheur"]
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Execellent story, excellent story-telling
9 November 2009 | by j-connollySee 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.


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