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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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Details

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

French visa # 119541. See more »

Connections

Referenced in Elite Squad: The Enemy Within (2010) See more »

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Don't Be Jealous
Written by Helena Kuzmina
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Fragments
9 June 2009 | by kosmaspSee all my reviews

The main character isn't only innocent and naive, but he also is portrayed as good natured as it gets. Now you could argue if that really is possible or if it really works story-wise. But you have to suspend your disbelief here early on. The movie is jumping from one scene to the next, changing many locations and therefor never really builds an emotional connection with the viewer. While the segments are nice and good, the whole experience isn't as good as the sum of it's parts.

It gets even more irritating, when almost every cliché get's played out in the story, letting the main character go through every possible roller-coaster ride an (illegal) immigrant can go through. Unfortunately it doesn't mix as well as one might think (pace and rhythm is all over the place and not in a good sense).


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