Director: Mia Hansen-Løve
Cast: Félix de Givry, Pauline Etienne, Laura Smet, Vincent Maciagne, Golshifteh Farahani, Greta Gerwig, Brady Corbet
Duration: 131 mins
Country of Origin: France
Strong drug use
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“There’s something dreamily observational about the way Hansen-Love brings this world to the screen, tracing the passage of time and a slice of the recent history. The film has a tactile sense of scene and sound, an evocation of space and place, of moments of exhilaration and excess and exhaustion. The soundtrack is an epic, enveloping element in its own right.”
Philippa Hawker, THE AGE/SMH
“I adore this. A wonderful, novelistic film. By turns powerfully melancholy and euphoric, spontaneous and lingering. Hansen-Løve’s gentle touch is what makes it so delightful. Definitely recommended.”
Jason Di Rosso, ABC RADIO NATIONAL
“Arresting. The entire film thumps along to an entrancing French touch garage soundtrack. A truly authentic story – never moralising and constantly gripping, well worth a watch even if you know little to nothing about the party music the DJs play throughout.”
Sam Baran, THE MUSIC
“Brilliantly realised. An unusually warm & perceptive look inside a world rarely handled well by cinema.”
Paul MacInnes, THE GUARDIAN
“An insightful and involving cinematic experience. This beautifully observed slice of life glides effortlessly through the years, providing wonderful snapshots of an era of partying and youthful misdeeds. EDEN is celebratory, cautionary and entirely intoxicating.”
Katherine McLaughlin, THE LIST
“Fascinating. A naturalistic triumph – alive with the zeitgeist of the era and rich in subtly shifting period detail from the ’90s up until now. A love letter to the music and the scene surrounding it, there’s also a quite beautiful musing on the importance of art, and the struggle of the artist to achieve it lying at the heart of EDEN”.
Stephen Russell, THE LOWDOWN UNDER
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The exhilarating new film from Mia Hansen-Løve (Father Of My Children, Goodbye, First Love) is a semi-biographical drama about the rise of the ‘French touch’ electronic music scene in the 1990s, one that spawned worldwide superstars like Daft Punk and Cassius.
With a narrative spanning two decades, EDEN revolves around aspiring Parisian DJ, Paul (the captivating Félix de Givry), as he steps into the underground dance music scene. Raves dominate, but he’s drawn to the more soulful rhythms of Chicago’s garage house movement. He and best friend Stan form a duo and drop out of daytime society in their all-encompassing pursuit of ceaseless beats and bass, emotional and pharmaceutical highs, and a string of relationships (excellent support here from Greta Gerwig, Laura Smet and Pauline Etienne).
Inspired by the experiences of her brother and collaborator Sven, Hansen-Løve’s film is a spectacular panorama of beautiful faces and bodies, rushes of cascading light and colour and, of course, music. Shifting between euphoria and melancholy, EDEN is a film that pulsates with the reckless heartbeat of youth.