The Galapagos Affair: Satan Came To Eden


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

May 15, 2014 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

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

May 9, 2014 | Rating: 3.5/4 | Full Review…

"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.

May 8, 2014 | Rating: 2.5/4 | Full Review…

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.

Apr 17, 2014 | Rating: 3/4

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

Apr 17, 2014 | Full Review…

How could this not be a great documentary? By putting it in the hands of Dayna Goldfine and Dan Geller, who have squandered their sensational subject into a two-hour slog.

Apr 17, 2014 | Rating: 2/4 | Full Review…

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