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The Galapagos Affair: Satan Came To Eden (2014)



Critic Consensus: It doesn't quite live up to its marvelously lurid premise, but The Galapagos Affair is still stranger than fiction in a very entertaining way.

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Darwin meets Hitchcock in this true-crime tale of paradise found and lost. The Galapagos Affair is a fascinating documentary portrait of a 1930s murder mystery as strange and alluring as the famous archipelago itself. Fleeing conventional society, a Berlin doctor and his mistress start a new life on uninhabited Floreana Island. But after the international press sensationalizes the exploits of the Galapagos' "Adam and Eve," others flock there - including a self-styled Swiss Family Robinson and a gun-toting Viennese Baroness and her two lovers. Clashing personalities are aggravated by the island community's lusty free-love ethos, and when some of the islanders disappear, suspicions of murder hang in the air leaving an unsolved mystery which remains the subject of local lore today. (c) Zeitgeistmore
Rating: Unrated
Genre: Documentary, Special Interest
Directed By: , , ,
Written By: Daniel Geller, Dayna Goldfine, Celeste Schaefer Snyder, Dan Geller
In Theaters:
On DVD: Sep 9, 2014
Box Office: $0.2M
Zeitgeist Films - Official Site


Gustaf Skarsgård
as Rolf Blomberg
Cate Blanchett
as Dore Strauch
Josh Radnor
as John Garth
Connie Nielsen
as Baroness Eloise von ...
Diane Kruger
as Margret Wittmer
Thomas Kretschmann
as Friedrich Ritter
Sebastian Koch
as Heinz Wittmer
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Critic Reviews for The Galapagos Affair: Satan Came To Eden

All Critics (49) | Top Critics (18)

The mysteries are fascinating, all the more so because they are still unsolved.

Full Review… | May 15, 2014
Arizona Republic
Top Critic

A dazzling documentary about an unsolved murder in an ad hoc community in the Galapagos islands in 1934.

Full Review… | May 9, 2014
Philadelphia Inquirer
Top Critic

"The Galapagos Affair" spins a strange and compelling tale, with perfectly sinister music by Laura Karpman setting the mood. But the movie is better at building suspense than following through.

Full Review… | May 8, 2014
Washington Post
Top Critic

The film feels less like a whodunit than a "why didn't they do it sooner?"

Full Review… | April 24, 2014
Minneapolis Star Tribune
Top Critic

Though the pace occasionally flags during its two-hour running time, "The Galapagos Affair" is a fascinating look at a place of great beauty and remoteness, and at the kind of people drawn to live there.

Full Review… | April 17, 2014
Seattle Times
Top Critic

In this gripping true-crime story, an absurdist stew of petty tensions and quasi-Nietzschean dynamics rip apart the tiny colony of Europeans who settled one of the Galapagos islands in the '30s.

Full Review… | September 18, 2014

Audience Reviews for The Galapagos Affair: Satan Came To Eden

A few people go to the Galapagos islands to live away from civilization. A few years later most of them turn up dead or missing.
This unique documentary is comprised of the actual accounts of the participants read from their journals and other sources, LOTS of film footage and photographs. And also interviews with current residents of the islands to better understand their way of life. I loved it. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED.

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