The Garden of Earthly Delights (2006)



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Idiosyncratic Polish director Lech Majewski helmed this feature, which he adapted from his own novel Metaphysics. It concerns the romance that blossoms between an engineer named Chris (Chris Nightingale) and an art history expert named Claudine (Claudine Spiteri), who meet up and instantly fall into impassioned lust for one another. Before long, however, tragedy strikes in the form of a terminal illness that hits Claudine. She chooses to respond by spending her final days with Chris in Venice, against the backdrop of buildings and murals created by her favorite artist, Hieronymus Bosch. In that venue, Claudine acts as Chris's romantic, erotic and emotional guide, leading him down a pathway of intense seduction and theretofore unattained insights into himself and the nature of love. ~ Nathan Southern, Rovi
Drama , Romance
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Critic Reviews for The Garden of Earthly Delights

All Critics (6) | Top Critics (5)

A luminous, highly erotic treatise on art, love, and death.

Full Review… | September 28, 2007
Chicago Reader
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Unfortunately, the couple's intimacy is not especially interesting.

Full Review… | September 28, 2007
Chicago Sun-Times
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You're either going to love this film and run out to see everything Majewski has directed, or you're going to be bored silly.

June 23, 2006
New York Post
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Lech Majewski's digital video riff on Death in Venice takes its name from the triptych by Hieronymus Bosch.

June 21, 2006
New York Times
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There is magic in these intimate passion plays, which are filled with sloppy, loving detail and are mounted without a hint of pretension. Each banal moment becomes achingly gorgeous.

June 21, 2006
Village Voice
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Chris is the putative author of the film's images, but they're overlaid with Claudine's relentlessly overwhelming voice-over, which alternates between a crisp, knowing lecture about Bosch and more personal musings.

Full Review… | June 23, 2006

Audience Reviews for The Garden of Earthly Delights


A luminous, highly erotic treatise on art, love, and death inspired by the paintings of Hieronymus Bosch that you'll either really like or really be bored by.

Lee Mayo
Lee Mayo

This is the definition of self-indulgent film school project gone away. But wait, this was produced nearly 3 decades into Majewski's career. His ear for English dialogue is poor, but the film's conceit is stretched even thinner. It ostensibly revolves around a dying art scholar's obsession with physically recreating each portion of the titular painting, but the resulting film is far more tedious than that. Any passion that Majewski hoped to elicit is lost because of the lack of chemistry between the two leads. There's meandering ambiguity and then there's misguided pointlessness. Sadly, for me, this effort fell into the second category.

Richard Stracke
Richard Stracke

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