Martin Eden

2019

Martin Eden

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Set in a provocatively unspecified moment in Italy's history yet adapted from a 1909 novel by American author Jack London, Martin Eden is a passionate and enthralling narrative fresco in the tradition of the great Italian classics. Martin (played by the marvelously committed Luca Marinelli) is a self-taught proletarian with artistic aspirations who hopes that his dreams of becoming a writer will help him rise above his station and marry a wealthy young university student (Jessica Cressy). The twinned dissatisfactions of working-class toil and bourgeois success lead to political reawakening and destructive anxiety in this enveloping, superbly mounted bildungsroman.

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Critic Reviews for Martin Eden

All Critics (25) | Top Critics (3) | Fresh (20) | Rotten (5)

  • This spry yet increasingly bitter romantic drama is so vague and un-targeted that its social critiques feel less defined than ever.

    September 3, 2019 | Rating: C+ | Full Review…
  • The story finally runs aground on an iceberg of undigested ideas, barely developed themes and bad hair choices.

    September 3, 2019 | Full Review…
  • In the end... the film suffers from Eden's own weighty intellectual pretensions, railing against society without finding the means to articulate the argument.

    September 2, 2019 | Full Review…

    Jay Weissberg

    Variety
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  • A film with absolute beauty both visually and in sound with a great balance as a political film, an epic drama and a love story. [Full Review in Spanish]

    November 19, 2019 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…
  • Stepping into Martin Eden is stepping back to a time gone by but for its anger, which feels elegiac and historical but also present.

    November 16, 2019 | Full Review…
  • The acting is lyrical...I enjoyed this enormously. It keeps you off balance and it overflows with high-stakes emotion.

    November 8, 2019 | Full Review…

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