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Eden uses 1990s club culture as the appropriately intoxicating backdrop for a sensitive, low-key look at aging and the price of pursuing one's dreams.



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Eden is an affecting trip into the electronic dance movement in Paris whose rhythms echo its textures and feeling. Based on the experiences of Hansen-Løve's brother Sven, the film follows Paul, a teenager in the underground scene of early-nineties Paris. Rave parties dominate that culture, but he's drawn to the more soulful rhythms of Chicago's garage house. He forms a DJ collective named Cheers, and together he and his friends plunge into the ephemeral nightlife of sex, drugs, and endless music. (C) Broadgreen

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Paul describes a song he likes as existing "between euphoria and melancholia," which is the balance the movie he's in strikes as well, as interested in joy as it is in loss. Which may be the best thing these stories of not making it bring to the table.

Nov 10, 2015

Absorbing and very moving.

Jul 23, 2015 | Rating: 5/5 | Full Review…

While Hansen-Love hits the major chords in Paul's life effectively and creates a sense of time expanding before collapsing into memory, the truth is "Eden" is often tiring to sit through.

Jul 2, 2015 | Rating: 2/4 | Full Review…

Eden is the kind of movie that hits you when you least expect it. Just when I thought it was a mess, its aimlessness began to make complete sense.

Jul 2, 2015 | Rating: 3.5/4 | Full Review…

Perhaps what Hansen-Løve lacks is perspective. The movie runs a very long two hours and 11 minutes, and the excess is easily felt.

Jul 2, 2015 | Rating: 2.5/5 | Full Review…

Mia Hansen-Love's Eden is set at the throbbing heart of the Parisian techno music scene. But be brave. It resonates with much bigger themes than the need to meet a disco doorman's dress and deportment standards.

Jul 1, 2015 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Eden

While I think most cub scouts have better survival skills, this movie was unique and intriguing. It held my interest. If you turn your brain off and just sit back and enjoy the psychological turmoil, it's quite enjoyable, despite its delicious darkness. The Barbie-doll girls were annoying, as were the testosterone fight-scenes and the blatant stupidity, but still, I surprisingly really enjoyed this movie!

Amy Amy
Amy Amy

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It's a unique examination of an artist, one who experiences a brief moment of relevancy before quickly fading into obscurity . . . which is somehow sadder than being a total failure.

Alec Barniskis
Alec Barniskis

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"Eden" might not be the deepest or most evocative movie ever, especially as it concerns the house music scene over a twenty year period. Of interest however is the way the movie captures the passage of time as Paul(Felix de Givry) never seems to age(cue obvious reference about him having a photograph that ages while I look around for an appropriate "Penny Dreadful" reference) while he pursues his dreams. At the same time, life seems to be passing him by, as lovers come and go, first Julia(Greta Gerwig), a married American, and then Louise(Pauline Etienne). The frightening part is when Paul's friends start having kids, instead of trying to defend "Showgirls."

Walter M.
Walter M.

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Hansen-Løve's intimate, low-key approach may come off as a bit too stiff for the film's own sake - mainly, the dialogue sounds markedly stiff and the delivery of the lines by the actors also -, but there is a sensitive quality to her story that makes it curiously affecting.

Carlos Magalhães
Carlos Magalhães

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