Eastern Promises

V' 14

Eastern Promises

David Cronenberg
Kanada/GB, 2007
100min, OF

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Eastern Promises

David Cronenberg
Kanada/GB, 2007
, 100min, OF

Cast: 
Viggo Mortensen
Nikolai Luschin
Naomi Watts
Anna Chitrova
Vincent Cassel
Kirill
Armin Muellerstahl
Semjon
Sinéad Cusack
Helen
Mina E. Mina
Azim
Jerzy Skolimowski
Stepan
Donald Sumpter
Yuri
Screenplay: 
Steve Knight
Sound: 
Christian Cooke
Wayne Griffin
Camera: 
Peter Suschitzky
Editor: 
Ronald Sanders
Composer: 
Howard Shore
Decoration: 
Carol Spier
Costume: 
Denise Cronenberg

Production: 
Serendipity Point Films
Scion Films
Shine Pictures
BBC Films
Astral Media
Corus Entertainment
Téléfilm Canada
Kudos Pictures
Focus Features
Format: 
35 mm
Color

Finding a Russian-language diary among the belongings of a young teenage girl who died in childbirth, London nurse Anna learns that the girl had been part of a human trafficking and prostitution ring run by the Russian Mafia. Seeking to locate the girl's family, Anna descends into the London underworld, where she finds an unlikely guide in Nikolai, a mob chauffeur who also functions as a part-time hitman and full-time guardian for the wastrel son of godfather Semyon. Cronenberg’s second collaboration with Viggo Mortensen, this pungently seamy underworld drama continues the intriguing development of the divided-self motif that the two had begun in a HISTORY OF VIOLENCE. Whereas so many previous Cronenberg protagonists had found themselves helpless (even though complicit) in the face of their physical or psychological transformations, Mortensen’s Tom Stall and Nikolai are the deliberate, carefully constructed identities of a forceful and controlling will – but ones that leave the person who bears them equally unsure as to the nature of their “true” self. (Toronto Film Festival)