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    Product Description ------------------- Thriller set among the Russian mafia in London from Canadian director David Cronenberg. Nikolai Luzhin (Viggo Mortensen) is a driver for one of London's organized crime families who are part of the notorious Vory V Zakone criminal brotherhood. The family is headed by Semyon (Armin Mueller-Stahl), a cold and brutal man who hides his true nature behind his public role as a charming restaurateur and his volatile son and enforcer, Kirill (Vincent Cassell), is Nikolai's closest friend. Nikolai's carefully maintained existence is threatened when he meets Anna Khitrova (Naomi Watts), a midwife at a North London hospital who has been deeply affected by the plight of a teenager (Sarah-Jeanne Labrosse) who died giving birth. The girl left behind a diary written in Russian in which Anna seeks the answers to the baby's lineage. By delving into the diary, Anna has accidentally unleashed the full fury of the Vory. With Semyon and Kirill closing ranks and Anna pressing her inquiries - Nikolai finds his loyalties divided. Lives hang in the balance as a disturbing chain of murder and revenge reverberates through the darkest corners of both the family and London itself. From .co.uk ----------- David Cronenberg's signature obsessions flower in Eastern Promises, a stunning look at violence, responsibility, and skin. Near Christmas time in London, a baby is born to a teenage junkie--an event that leads a midwife (Naomi Watts) into the world of the Russian mob. Central to this world is an ambitious enforcer (Viggo Mortensen) who's lately buddied up with the reckless son (Vincent Cassel) of a mob boss (Armin Mueller-Stahl, doing his benign-sinister thing). Screenwriter Steve Knight also wrote Dirty Pretty Things, and in some ways this is a companion piece to that film, though utterly different in style. The plot is classical to the point of being familiar, but Cronenberg doesn't allow anything to become sentimental; he and his peerless cinematographer Peter Suschitzky take a cool, controlled approach to this story. Because of that, when the movie erupts in its (relatively brief) violence, it's genuinely shocking. Cronenberg really puts the viewer through it, as though to shame the easy purveyors of pulp violence--nobody will cheer when the blood runs in this film. Still, Eastern Promises has a furtive humour, nicely conveyed in Viggo Mortensen's highly original performance. Covered in tattoos, his body a scroll depicting his personal history of violence, Mortensen conveys a subtle blend of resolve and lost-ness. He's a true, haunting mystery man. --Robert Horton, .com Stills from Eastern Promises (click for larger image). Photos by Peter Mountain. Vincent Cassel (left) and Viggo Mortensen (right). ( https://images-eu.ssl-images-.com/images/G/01/dvd/focus/eastern/DF-00304R.jpg ) Armin Mueller-Stahl. ( https://images-eu.ssl-images-.com/G/01/dvd/focus/eastern/DF-06220.jpg ) Viggo Mortensen (left) and Naomi Watts (right) ( https://images-eu.ssl-images-.com/images/G/01/dvd/focus/eastern/DF-02028.jpg ) Viggo Mortensen (left) and Naomi Watts (right). ( https://images-eu.ssl-images-.com/images/G/01/dvd/focus/eastern/DF-02353.jpg ) Naomi Watts. ( https://images-eu.ssl-images-.com/images/G/01/dvd/focus/eastern/DF-03801.jpg ) Armin Mueller-Stahl (left) and Naomi Watts (right). ( https://images-eu.ssl-images-.com/images/G/01/dvd/focus/eastern/DF-04010R.jpg ) Mina E. Mina (left), Vincent Cassel (center) and Viggo Mortensen (right). ( https://images-eu.ssl-images-.com/images/G/01/dvd/focus/eastern/DF-05705.jpg ) Vincent Cassel. ( https://images-eu.ssl-images-.com/images/G/01/dvd/focus/eastern/DF-00754R.jpg ) Viggo Mortensen. ( https://images-eu.ssl-images-.com/images/G/01/dvd/focus/eastern/DF-06838R.jpg )

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