Eastern Promises | 2007

Drama, Crime
The death of a Russian prostitute during childbirth in London triggers a nurse to investigate her past as she unwittingly stumbles into a Russian police operation that seeks to expose a major Eastern mafia prostitution ...more
Director: David Cronenberg
Writers: Steven Knight
Awards: 1 Oscar nomination. Another 3 wins & 11 nominations | full awards »

Cast

... Nikolai Luzhin

Actor

... Anna Khitrova

Actor

... Kirill

Actor

... Semyon

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... Helen

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... Yuri

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... Stepan Khitrov

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... Ekrem

Actor

... The Gypsy

Actor

... Junior Waiter

Actor

... Pimp

Actor

... Doctor Aziz

Actor

Company

Production Company

Animals O'Kaye

Production Company

Animated Extras

Production Company

Astral Media

Financier

Production Company

Synopsis

The mysterious and charismatic Russian-born Nikolai Luzhin is a driver for one of London's most notorious organized crime families of Eastern European origin. The family itself is part of the Vory V Zakone criminal brotherhood. Headed by Semyon, whose courtly charm as the welcoming proprietor of the plush Trans-Siberian restaurant impeccably masks a cold and brutal core, the family's fortunes are tested by Semyon's volatile son and enforcer, Kirill, who is more tightly bound to Nikolai than to his own father. But Nikolai's carefully maintained existence is jarred once he crosses paths at Christmastime with Anna Khitrova, a midwife at a North London hospital. Anna is deeply affected by the desperate situation of a young teenager who dies while giving birth to a baby. Anna resolves to try to trace the baby's lineage and relatives. The girl's personal diary also survives her; it is written in Russian, and Anna seeks answers in it. Anna's mother Helen does not discourage her, but Anna's irascible Russian-born uncle Stepan urges caution. He is right to do so; 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 unexpectedly finds his loyalties divided. The family tightens its grip on him; who can, or should, he trust? Several lives--including his own--hang in the balance as a harrowing chain of murder, deceit, and retribution reverberates through the darkest corners of both the family and London itself.

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