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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R
Genre:
Drama , Romance
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The Match Factory

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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
Anna Faris
as Dithy
Morty Gudelsky
as Teacher
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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.

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

Full Review… | October 22, 2013
Los Angeles Times
Top Critic

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.

Full Review… | October 22, 2013
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.

Full Review… | May 5, 2008
Variety
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[Eden] is really two movies in one, and they don't quite fit.

Full Review… | December 31, 1999
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.

Full Review… | October 22, 2013

Audience Reviews for Eden

I loved this, but I got it on VHS for a dollar, so I couldn't really go wrong. It's about the physical handicap, spiritual energy, and trying to relate to other people. I would say more about what I liked in this movie, but I don't want to spoil it.

Sarah C.
Sarah C.
½

Wish it had developed certain characters more; however; it was a good movie that I might buy in the future.

Charles George
Charles George
½

[i][b]Gossip[/b][/i] Starring: James Marsden, Lena Headey, Norman Reedus, Kate Hudson, Eric Bogosian, Edward James Olmos, Joshua Jackson, Sharon Lawrence, and Marisa Coughlan. Directed by Davis Guggenheim. Written by Gregory Poirier and Theresa Rebeck. Rated [b]R[/b] (for sexual content including language, and for brief violence). Running time approximately 1 hour 30 minutes. [center][img]http://i63.photobucket.com/albums/h159/NuBz86/gossip.jpg[/img] [i]I just took this pic, and, like, I'm totally gonna show it to people.[/i] [/center] [i]Gossip[/i] is one of the post-Quentin Tarantino/Kevin Williamson flicks that tries so very hard to have a twisty-turny, topsy-turvy plot, yet makes the mistake of having completely unbelievable characters. The dialogue is horrid, the performances even worse and the final revelation is a true howler. I did enjoy it, though - which is odd enough to shock me in itself - and therefore, it gets [b]*1/2 (out of ****)[/b], which is a[b] C-[/b]. [b][i]Friends & Lovers[/i][/b] Starring: Stephen Baldwin, Danny Nucci, George Newbern, Alison Eastwood, Claudia Schiffer, and Robert Downey, Jr. Written and Directed by George Haas. Rated [b]R[/b] (for sexuality and language). Running time approximately 1 hour 43 minutes. [center][img]http://i63.photobucket.com/albums/h159/NuBz86/friendslovers.jpg[/img] [i]Oh, bah![/i] [/center] George Haas's [i]Friends & Lovers[/i] is a terrible film. It's boring, unfunny and filled past the brim with some of the whiniest, most annoying, most ridiculously stupid people I've seen in what I assume is supposed to be a romantic comedy. It's not romantic in the least, and it's not funny. Sorry, Mr. Haas, but...you failed. Robert Downey, Jr. is in this, and no one knows why. [b]1/2* (out of ****) D-[/b] [b][i]Driven[/i][/b] Starring: Sylvester Stallone, Burt Reynolds, Kip Pardue, Stacy Edwards, Til Schweiger, Gina Gershon, Estella Warren, and Brent Briscoe. Directed by Renny Harlin. Written by Sylvester Stallone. Rated [b]PG-13[/b] (for language and some intense crash sequences). Running time approximately 1 hour 57 minutes. [center][img]http://i63.photobucket.com/albums/h159/NuBz86/driven.jpg[/img] [i]Psh...wow.[/i] [/center] I don't mind Sylvester Stallone. I think he's an okay guy. I dig some of his stuff. [i]Driven[/i], however, was directed by Renny Harlin, and therefore it hurts. I'm thinking Harlin himself lent a hand with the script, seeing as Stallone would never had approved scenes like the one pictured above. Paychecks must be nice when you've already established yourself, huh? Rich bastards and their shit movies. [b]*1/2 (out of ****) D+[/b] [b][i]Eden[/i][/b] Starring: Joanna Going, Dylan Walsh, Sean Patrick Flanery, Sean Christensen, and John Aylward. Written and Directed by Howard Goldberg. Rated [b]R[/b] (for language and a scene of sexuality). Running time approximately 1 hour 46 minutes. [center][img]http://i63.photobucket.com/albums/h159/NuBz86/eden.jpg[/img] [i]Hey, let's be fake and make no sense! Yay![/i] [/center] Alright, I know that [i]Eden[/i] was supposed to be really enlightening and sweet, but it came off as cloying and ridiculous - not to mention ridiculously underbudgeted and miscast. Joanna Going is not good. I last saw her in the dreadful sci-fi/horror flick [i]Phantoms[/i]. She's bad. The only sympathy I have for her has to do with not knowing how bad she really is because she keeps getting work and people keep telling her she's good. It's a really bad, sappy melodrama that's better left for the Family Video crowd. [b]*1/2 (out of ****) D+[/b] [b][i]Assassins[/i][/b] Starring: Sylvester Stallone, Antonio Banderas, Julianne Moore, Anatoly Davydov, and Muse Watson. Directed by Richard Donner. Written by Andy Wachowski, Larry Wachowski, and Brian Helgeland. Rated [b]R[/b] (for violence and language). Running time approximately 2 hours 13 minutes. [center][img]http://i63.photobucket.com/albums/h159/NuBz86/assassins.jpg[/img] [i]I miss the backwards ballcap look. I really do.[/i] [/center] Now, [i]Assassins[/i] is way cool. It could've been way cooler, but as is, it's way cool. The problem: it's far too long and has far too many scenes with underdeveloped dialogue. Most of the film, when the guns aren't a-blazin', seems like filler. It's almost like they had this awesomely thick chocolate bar an filled it with...well, with nothing. It's a hollow chocolate bunny. It looks great, but there's nothing to really fill you up (unless, in the case of the bunny, you eat the whole damned thing and get sick while your teeth start to rot). [b]** (out of ****) C[/b]

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