Authentic and simply told, EasternBoys makes for bold and daring filmmaking with more than a touch of Oliver Twist.
Straddling the perspectives of two different generations, cultures and classes, this French language offering delivers a fiercely defiant take on love and trust and the oft-present pain behind the building of one, the assumption of the other. Sometimes, the basest act lays the foundation for works of astonishing goodness.
I encourage you to see this film — and to do so with an open mind. Simply wonderful. I found myself alternately empathizing, sympathizing, identifying in equal parts.
Compelled at times, repulsed at others, and ultimately forced to confront my own conflicting biases and passions, this gay man felt challenged from the outset.
Leave your notions of right and wrong at the door. Settle in. Ask yourself at movie’s end: What would you have done? What have you done? What ultimately defines the kind and unselfish heart, and who among us is fit to render that judgment?