Eden à l'ouest (Eden Is West)
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About the Movie
Traveling aboard a boat overfilled with illegal immigrants, young Elias has his heart set on reaching Europe. As the boat approaches Greece they are apprehended by a marine patrol. Elias jumps into the sea in order to avoid arrest and wakes up next morning, half clothed, on what appears to be a nudist beach... part of a resort called 'Eden Club-Paradise'. Desperate to avoid detection he takes off his remaining clothes and passes himself off as a guest. After stealing an employees uniform he switches identity and adopts the role of employee. During his time undercover Elias meets a magician doing tricks for the guest, who tells him “if you find yourself in Paris, come and find me”. He is enthralled by the magician and is soon gripped by the fantasy of Paris. Setting out from the resort Elias begins an epic quest across Europe to find the city of his dreams.
Rotten Tomatoes Movie Reviews
- Reviews Counted: 7
- Fresh: 6
- Rotten: 1
- Average Rating: 6.4/10
Top Critics' Reviews
Fresh: The tone of the film, despite some pretty hard living, remains warm with flashes of magic realism. This works against our expectations for this kind of road movie, and may seem too saccharine for some. I enjoyed the journey.
Fresh: Costa-Gavras scores a few telling points -- about the callous crassness of privileged tourists, for example -- but whatever his intentions, the end product is essentially a rattling good yarn.
Fresh: The tension is always between Costa-Gavras's dark view of human nature and his main character's hopes for the future. It's an uneven battle, although the film has enough strong and thoughtful moments to make you wish it was better.
Fresh: The brightest, most-entertaining film of [Costas-Gavras'] illustrious career.