Hemingway's Garden of Eden 2010

Hemingway's Garden of Eden

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During an extended honeymoon in Europe, a restless wife (Mena Suvari) tests her husband's (Jack Huston) devotion by inviting a sultry Italian woman into their inner circle.

Cast

Mena Suvari
as Catherine Bourne
Jack Huston
as David Bourne
Carmen Maura
as Madame Aurol
Richard E. Grant
as Colonel Boyle
Matthew Modine
as David's Father
Mathias Palsvig
as Young Davey
Dritan Biba
as Patron/Waiter
Luis Callejo
as Monsieur Jean
Álvaro Roig
as Vladimir
Yael Belicha
as Girl Onlooker
Igacio Gijon Solis
as Ritz Waiter
Enrique Zaldua
as Waiter #2
Lola Peno
as Rotund Woman
Alejandro Arroyo
as Man in Crowd
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Critic Reviews for Hemingway's Garden of Eden

All Critics (23) | Top Critics (7) | Fresh (1) | Rotten (22)

  • It just seems like a bunch of actors playing dress-up.

    December 10, 2010 | Rating: 2/5
  • Everybody flirts with everyone else as director John Irvin pours on a level of shopping-mall-gift-shop-kitsch that would shame Wayne Newton.

    December 10, 2010 | Rating: 0/4 | Full Review…
  • Better than it might have been yet still a definite letdown, a literary B-side turned into something not awful, just forgettable.

    December 9, 2010 | Rating: 2.5/5 | Full Review…
  • Ms. Suvari's Catherine is so extravagantly monstrous that Mr. Huston's David, who provides a desultory narration, comes across as an inert nonentity.

    December 9, 2010 | Rating: 2.5/5
  • The dialogue and plot in Garden Of Eden are rendered clearly and precisely, without a lot of fine shading. The result is a movie that's all surface... all silly, silly surface.

    December 9, 2010 | Rating: D+ | Full Review…

    Noel Murray

    AV Club
    Top Critic
  • Vet British helmer John Irvin's mannered, bloodless and appallingly thesped filmization of Hemingway's posthumous novel, though unlikely to set the author rolling in his grave, may still have viewers rolling in the aisles.

    December 9, 2010 | Full Review…

    Ronnie Scheib

    Variety
    Top Critic

Audience Reviews for Hemingway's Garden of Eden

  • Oct 02, 2012
    A writer and his wife take up with an Italian woman, and the three form an odd love triangle filled with lust and temptation. Garden of Eden confuses me. I haven't read the novel, but after the film, I want to. From what I can tell from the film, it seems like a first draft -- ideas that Papa plays with but hasn't developed into real characters yet. As Catherine transforms herself and her husband into carbon copies and as Catherine expresses her sexual obsession with Marita, it seems like Hemingway is exploring the slippery nature of sexuality -- how one can experiment with one's sexual identity. But what Hemingway specifically says about this concept remains unclear. It's doubtless that the story David writes -- told in flashbacks starring Matthew Modine -- is a mess. It's Hemingway's fantasies about manhood expressed through hunting and domination over nature. But this story has little to do with the frame story and doesn't give us any significant insight into David's character. Overall, I wonder if the novel is this incomplete because although the film has the beginnings of some interesting additions to Hem's oeuvre, it ultimately doesn't amount to much.
    Jim H Super Reviewer
  • Mar 17, 2011
    Consider me in the minority, but I actually really enjoyed this film. The acting fits better than I had originally thought and it works on the perfect period piece level of looking and feeling out of this century.
    Christopher H Super Reviewer

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