Cinematography by Jeanne Lapoirie
Olivier Rabourdin, Kirill Emelyanov,
“Jeanne Lapoirie’s surveillance-style camerawork masterfully follows the men who loiter around the Gare du Nord train station in Paris as they scrape by, forming gangs for support and protection, fearful of being caught and deported. When middle-aged, bourgeois Daniel approaches boyishly handsome Ukrainian ‘Marek,’ he learns the young man is willing to do anything for some cash. What Daniel intends only as sex-for-hire begets a home invasion and then an unexpectedly profound relationship. This absorbing, continually surprising film is centered around relationships that defy easy categorization, in which motivations and desires are poorly understood even by those to whom they belong” (Film Society of Lincoln Center). “Eastern Boys is beautifully put together, with Jeanne Lapoirie’s crystalline widescreen cinematography the technical standout” (Boyd van Hoeij, Variety).