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Arriving from all over the Eastern Bloc, the men who loiter around the Gare du Nord train station in Paris are scraping by however they can, forming gangs for support and protection, ever fearful of being caught by the police and deported. When the middle-aged, bourgeois Daniel (Olivier Rabourdin) approaches a boyishly handsome Ukrainian who calls himself Marek (Kirill Emelyanov) for a date, he learns the young man is willing to do anything for some cash. What Daniel intends only as sex-for-hire begets a home invasion and then an unexpectedly profound relationship. The drastically different circumstances of the two men’s lives reveal hidden facets of the city they share. Presented in four parts, this absorbing, continually surprising film by Robin Campillo (director of 2004’s Les Revenants and a frequent collaborator of Laurent Cantet’s) is centered around relationships that defy easy categorization, in which motivations and desires are poorly understood even by those to whom they belong. A First Run Features release.
Nominated for three César Awards including Best Film
Rendez-Vous with French Cinema 2014
Venice Film Festival 2013
“Critics' Pick! Compelling… explores interlocking themes of sexuality, immigration and power dynamics with a cleareyed sensitivity and refuses to demonize even its shadiest characters.” —Stephen Holden, The New York Times
“One of the most complex and beguiling cinematic love stories since Wong Kar-wai's turn-of-the-century monument In the Mood for Love.” —Julien Allen, Reverse Shot
“Illegal immigration, unequal relationships and gay sex are put under the microscope in the compelling and slyly urgent Eastern Boys.” —Dave Calhoun, Time Out