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Farran Smith Nehme,
New York Post:
"Eastern Boys" never quite fulfills the promise of those first few minutes.
By turns a frightening home-invasion drama, a tender love story and a tense hide-and-seek thriller, with far more control over these unsettling tonal slides than initially seems feasible.
Boyd van Hoeij,
Campillo thankfully refrains from offering on-the-nose explications for behavior and decisions, instead letting audiences infer psychology and motivation from on-screen behavior.
Los Angeles Times:
Writer-director-editor Robin Campillo has crafted an unruly yet pointed drama that should intrigue patient viewers.
The movie argues that these teens' lawless, selfish mentality is a by-product of having grown up in war-stricken countries such as Chechnya, where they lived through horrors that permanently skewed their moral compasses.
Both surprisingly resonant, and something of a thrill-ride.
New York Times:
Explores interlocking themes of sexuality, immigration and power dynamics with a cleareyed sensitivity and refuses to demonize even its shadiest characters.
Illegal immigration, unequal relationships and gay sex are put under the microscope in this compelling and slyly urgent drama.
What a relief to watch this small, expert film - a pane of glass in a concrete wall - that whispers, that dares to stand still and witness ordinary human pain.