Eastern Boys

Synopsis: 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.
Genre: Crime, Drama, Romance
Director(s): Robin Campillo
Production: First Run Features
  2 wins & 7 nominations.
 
IMDB:
6.9
Metacritic:
74
Rotten Tomatoes:
88%
UNRATED
Year:
2013
128 min
Website
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- It's not right.

- OK.

You're beautiful. So beautiful...

Has anyone ever told you that?

You're very beautiful.

Everything OK?

What?

I wanted to say something.

You come here

two or three times a week.

I give you 100 or 150 euros.

Plus food and stuff

that I'm glad to give you.

I was thinking

maybe we could agree on a set rate.

What's a set rate?

A set rate is a sum of money,

always the same,

that I give you each month.

For instance, 300 euros.

300 euros.

Or 400.

At the start of each month.

Then you can come here when you want.

What? 500?

No, I can't afford 500.

400 is already a lot.

But I want... an iPhone.

We'll see.

- Yes, an iPhone.

- We'll see.

OK, stop now.

Think about it, all right?

And we'll talk again.

I have to go.

Sleep as long as you like.

Just slam the door behind you.

Didn't you say you were Ukrainian?

Yes, I'm Ukrainian.

So why Chechnya? You lived there?

My father worked in Chechnya.

So we lived there. With my sister too.

And your parents...

They still live in Chechnya?

In Chechnya, it was the war.

One day, my father...

left the house.

He went to work.

He didn't come back. Ever.

He didn't come back? He died?

After, a long time after,

there was a lot of rain.

And the river... got bigger.

It came into the city.

Everywhere.

I was with my big sister.

We saw.

There were dead people,

a lot of dead people.

Dead people without heads.

There were arms...

legs... in the river...

My sister...

she's sure...

she saw my father.

Did you see him too?

No.

It wasn't him. She dreamt it.

So you don't know if he's dead.

He is.

I meant you're not sure.

Yes, I'm sure, he's dead.

And your mother?

She's dead too.

What?

It's true.

A bomb hit our house.

My mother was alone.

She was sad anyway.

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Robin Campillo

Robin Campillo (born 16 August 1962) is a Moroccan-born French screenwriter, editor and film director. He is known for his work on films such as The Class (2008), Heading South (2005), the French zombie film They Came Back (2004), Eastern Boys (2013), and Time Out (2001), the latter of which was placed at ninety-nine on Slant Magazine's best films of the 2000s, number nine of The Guardian's Best Films of the noughties, and number eleven at The A.V. Club's top fifty films of the 2000s. more…

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