Watch This: Two of the best scenes of the year kick off this unfortunately timely drama
Every day, Watch This offers staff recommendations inspired by a new movie coming out that week. This month: The A.V. Club atones for its sins of omission, recommending the best movies of the year that we didn’t review.
Eastern Boys (2013)
The French drama Eastern Boys opens with two of the year’s most extraordinary sustained tours de force, back to back. Its opening scene, set at the Gare Du Nord railway station, wordlessly tracks the intersection of two simultaneous reconnaissance missions, as a middle-aged man named Daniel (Olivier Rabourdin) cruises for sex and a gang of teenage immigrants from various countries in Eastern Europe execute petty thefts. Eventually, Daniel zeroes in on the lanky, attractive Marek (Kirill Emelyanov), who agrees to screw Daniel for money… but only at Daniel’s apartment, the following day. Daniel’s failure to recognize this as a scam leads to the movie …