The heralded Orizzonti winner of Best Film at the Venice Film Festival, EASTERN BOYS is the astonishing second feature from Robin Campillo, creator of the international phenomenon The Returned.

Director: Robin Campillo
Cast: Olivier Rabourdin, Kirill Emelyanov, Daniil Vorobyev
Duration: 128 mins
Country of Origin: France

MA15+Strong themes, sex scenes and nudity


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Eastern Boys

★★★★★
“Masterful. Grips from the very first frame. Constantly surprising.”
Wendy Ide, THE TIMES

“Fascinating. By turns a home-invasion drama, a tender love story and a tense hide-and-seek thriller. Sleek, shape-shifting and intermittently stunning.”
Guy Lodge, VARIETY

★★★★
“A slow-burn thriller that pulses with questions of sex, power and identity. An elegantly filmed work of suspense and a contemplative movie with a protracted verite feel. It’s a movie about groups and individuals, identity and belonging, and it carefully creates a sense of space and place.”
Philip Hawker, THE SYDNEY MORNING HERALD/THE AGE

★★★★1/2
“Excellent. Ambitious and gripping. Campillo captures the power dynamic between a variety of different people in this movie. Each time you think you understand one of the characters, he provides a fresh perspective – he’s always making subtle comparisons and showing how interaction is rarely governed by equality.”
Craig Matheson, THE SUNDAY AGE/SUN-HERALD

“A fascinating film – wonderfully directed. Very erotic in parts… Where this film goes will have you talking long after you leave the cinema.”
Jason Di Rosso, ABC RADIO NATIONAL

★★★★
“Delicate, ambitious and gripping.”
Catherine Shoard, THE GUARDIAN

★★★1/2
“A very skilfully controlled and composed affair, slow-burning and highly combustive – rife with psychological tension and inter-cultural unease. Anyone with a bent for world cinema capable of both illuminating and intimidating an audience should make a point of tracking this one down. “
Leigh Paatsch, THE DAILY TELEGRAPH/THE HERALD SUN

★★★★★
“An original, ambitious film that maintains a constant sense of expectation and ambiguity. Nothing is predictable. Campillo casts a penetrating eye on issues of homosexuality, paternity, solitude, and the connections that evolve between people. It is lyrical and romantic in the Stendhalian meaning of the term: a mirror-film through which we are taken on a journey.”
Pierre Murat, TÉLÉRAMA

“Captivating. 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, REVERSESHOT

“Masterful – clearly a highpoint of 2015 for any lover of challenging, yet immensely entertaining films.”
Brandon Judell, THE HUFFINGTON POST

WINNER – VENICE FILM FESTIVAL – BEST FILM (ORRIZONTI)

NOMINEE – 2015 CÉSAR AWARDS – BEST FILM, BEST DIRECTOR, BEST MALE NEWCOMER (Kirill Emelyanov)

The heralded Orizzonti winner of Best Film at the Venice Film Festival, EASTERN BOYS is the astonishing second feature from Robin Campillo, editor and co-writer of Laurent Cantet’s Palme d’Or winner The Class, and more recently creator of the international phenomenon Les revenants (The Returned).

The film centres on Daniel (Of Gods and Men’s Olivier Rabourdin), a successful if solitary middle-aged Frenchman, who cruises the Gare du Nord railway station and solicits a handsome young foreigner Marek (Kirill Emelyanov). After arranging to meet at his apartment, Daniel’s world is upended when someone else knocks on his door, triggering a series of incidents that completely erode his wellbeing and security.

Aesthetically bold, audaciously constructed and unafraid of provocative truths about masculinity and sexuality, EASTERN BOYS has a ripped-from-the-headlines relevance to some of the most important issues facing modern Europe. Skillfully keeping viewers on a knife’s-edge, this mesmerising film stamps Campillo as a distinctive and singular voice in contemporary world cinema.

MORE…
‘Love is a tangled thing on the streets of Paris’ – Robin Campillo with The Shortlist’s Garry Maddox.

‘Robin Campillo’s migrant tale will appeal to Australians’ – Robin Campillo with The Canberra Times.

Robin Campillo and Olivier Rabourdin with The LowdownUnder’s Stephen Russell.

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