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Eden

 

131 minutes · 2014

Drama
Taking place over 21 years, this French drama by Mia Hansen-Løve covers the rise and fall of garage, a techno subgenre that reached the height of its popularity in the late 1990s, yet the film never feels like an epic or even a period piece. As in the writer-director's Goodbye, First Love (2011), an exhilarating sense of the present moment overwhelms all; the time is always now. Again the theme is lost innocence: the hero, modeled after Hansen-Løve's brother and coscreenwriter Sven, gives up a promising academic career to become a DJ and grows moderately famous, but the high he gets from making music gives way to decadence and ultimately despair. The camerawork is so fluid and the settings so brimming with detail that one feels washed away by the film, recognizing the hero's decline only when he does—that is, too late. In English and subtitled French.


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