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Eden (1998)

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Set in the mid 1960s, this drama follows the difficult relationship between a woman afflicted with multiple sclerosis, her husband -- a prep school teacher -- and one of his students. The story begins as Helen dreams of flying and reaching for something she cannot quite see. She is married to Bill, a loving but rather stern fellow. When not coping with her illness and trying to raise their two children, Helen tutors a student, the idealistic Dave, who though intelligent, does not work hard in school. Dave is secretly infatuated with Helen and dislikes her husband both as a teacher and romantic rival. Meanwhile, Helen continues to feel herself leaving her body at night. This feeling persists until she falls into a coma. Meanwhile Bill and Dave clash over her, not realizing that while her body is inert, her mind and spirit are very much aware of their struggle.

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Cast

Joanna Going
as Helen Kunen
Dylan Walsh
as Bill Kunen
David Estrem
as Dean Shays
John Aylward
as Dr. Bryson
Kevin O'Morris
as Reverend Alden
Wally Dalton
as Red Fleischer
Bonnie Root
as Lucy Small
Tony Doupe
as Officer Stanley
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Critic Reviews for Eden

All Critics (12) | Top Critics (5)

You may find soaring a bit tricky, however, with the millstone of the picture's clunky symbolism around your neck.

October 22, 2013 | Rating: D | Full Review…
Entertainment Weekly
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The result is a disturbing movie with a final exam's worth of unanswered questions.

October 22, 2013 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…
Los Angeles Times
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It's distinguished by Going's haunting performance, the perceptive dramatization of growing student rebellion in a specific year and writer-director Howard Goldberg's refreshing avoidance of cliches about the period.

October 22, 2013 | Full Review…
Seattle Times
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Dramatic delicacy and strong acting distinguish Eden, a tale of the emotional tensions between a disease-stricken woman, her teacher husband and an idealistic student.

May 6, 2008 | Full Review…
Variety
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[Eden] is really two movies in one, and they don't quite fit.

January 1, 2000 | Rating: 2.5/5 | Full Review…
New York Times
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The New Age meets the Age of Aquarius in this odd tale about a frustrated housewife with multiple sclerosis who begins having out-of-body experiences.

October 22, 2013 | Rating: 2/4 | Full Review…

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