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The Galapagos Affair: Satan Came To Eden (2014)



Critic Consensus: It doesn't quite live up to its marvelously lurid premise, but The Galapagos Affair is still stranger than fiction in a very entertaining way.

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Darwin meets Hitchcock in this true-crime tale of paradise found and lost. The Galapagos Affair is a fascinating documentary portrait of a 1930s murder mystery as strange and alluring as the famous archipelago itself. Fleeing conventional society, a Berlin doctor and his mistress start a new life on uninhabited Floreana Island. But after the international press sensationalizes the exploits of the Galapagos' "Adam and Eve," others flock there - including a self-styled Swiss Family Robinson and a gun-toting Viennese Baroness and her two lovers. Clashing personalities are aggravated by the island community's lusty free-love ethos, and when some of the islanders disappear, suspicions of murder hang in the air leaving an unsolved mystery which remains the subject of local lore today. (c) Zeitgeist

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Gustaf Skarsgård
as Rolf Blomberg
Cate Blanchett
as Dore Strauch
Josh Radnor
as John Garth
Connie Nielsen
as Baroness Eloise von Wagner
Diane Kruger
as Margret Wittmer
Thomas Kretschmann
as Friedrich Ritter
Sebastian Koch
as Heinz Wittmer
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Critic Reviews for The Galapagos Affair: Satan Came To Eden

All Critics (49) | Top Critics (19)

The mysteries are fascinating, all the more so because they are still unsolved.

Full Review… | May 15, 2014
Arizona Republic
Top Critic

A dazzling documentary about an unsolved murder in an ad hoc community in the Galapagos islands in 1934.

Full Review… | May 9, 2014
Philadelphia Inquirer
Top Critic

"The Galapagos Affair" spins a strange and compelling tale, with perfectly sinister music by Laura Karpman setting the mood. But the movie is better at building suspense than following through.

Full Review… | May 8, 2014
Washington Post
Top Critic

The film feels less like a whodunit than a "why didn't they do it sooner?"

Full Review… | April 24, 2014
Minneapolis Star Tribune
Top Critic

Though the pace occasionally flags during its two-hour running time, "The Galapagos Affair" is a fascinating look at a place of great beauty and remoteness, and at the kind of people drawn to live there.

April 17, 2014
Seattle Times
Top Critic

Move over, Charles Darwin, when it comes to great tales about the Galapagos, you've got company.

Full Review… | April 17, 2014
Los Angeles Times
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Audience Reviews for The Galapagos Affair: Satan Came To Eden


A fascinating look at three groups of people who moved to an otherwise deserted island & their interaction with each other. Real intrigue with some ending up dead.

Jeff Buehner
Jeff Buehner

10/14/14 Netflix A really well done story integrating actual footage from the original participants along with readings from their writings in concert with actual interviews of descendants of the islands whose parents knew the individuals and stories. A mystery to this day. Excellent job of mixing old black and white footage with color of today, you did get the feeling of knowing the people involved. This is why I love documentaries.

Nick Ueber
Nick Ueber

A few people go to the Galapagos islands to live away from civilization. A few years later most of them turn up dead or missing. This unique documentary is comprised of the actual accounts of the participants read from their journals and other sources, LOTS of film footage and photographs. And also interviews with current residents of the islands to better understand their way of life. I loved it. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED.

Anatoly Shashkin
Anatoly Shashkin

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