Illegal immigration and gay sex are put under the microscope in this compelling and slyly urgent drama from French director Robin Campillo. Middle-aged Daniel (Olivier Rabourdin) meets much-younger Marek (Kirill Emelyanov), one of a gang of young Eastern European men, at a Paris train terminal and arranges a paid-for hookup. It’s stylishly handled, shot with the gaze of a security camera, as we see the group stake out its territory on the concourse. The scene that follows is just as stunning, as a horde of home invaders crashes the party.
Later moments are more intimate as Campillo tracks Daniel and Marek’s shifting relationship, complicated by the latter’s ties to the loose band of outsiders who manage his time and money. Eastern Boys is an uneven work, mysterious in its refusal to tell us much at all about Daniel, but it has a ring a truth even when it slips into less enigmatic thriller territory.