Directed by Mia Hansen-Løve
Paul, a teenager in the underground scene of early-nineties Paris, forms a DJ collective with his friends and together they plunge into the nightlife of sex, drugs, and endless music.
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★★★½ review by James Healey on Letterboxd
Out of all the Daft Punk songs used in the film, they left out the most fitting one, "Too Long". Because that's exactly what this movie is.
★★★½ review by María Blanco on Letterboxd
Women direct beautiful movies, please let them make more.
★★★★ review by davidehrlich on Letterboxd
If the films of Mia Hansen-Løve are haunted by the merciless march of time, they’re less preoccupied with its passage than they are with its ellipses. Whereas Richard Linklater plays the subject like an accordion, collapsing the years together and pulling them apart in order to transform the space between, Hansen-Løve bangs on it like a drum, her staccato stories finding beautiful music in the off-beats. Eden is the 33-year-old’s fourth feature, and while its male lead, historical interest, and occasional American setting might suggest that it’s a departure from her previous work, this riveting but resolutely uncool epic ultimately feels like less of a new direction than it does a new perspective. The beat may have changed, but the song remains the same.
FULL REVIEW ON LITTLE WHITE LIES: www.littlewhitelies.co.uk/features/articles/tiff-2014-eden-27810
★★★½ review by Eli Hayes on Letterboxd
The third film that I've seen at NYFF in need of a more concise editor, though I can see how, if this film was based on the experiences of one of the co-writers, it could have been difficult for Sven and Mia to decide what they may have wanted to cut. The first thing that you'll probably notice about Eden is its strong visual style, from the colorful cinematography (which does start to dim alongside the lifestyles of the characters as the movie progresses) to the beautifully stylized text used to structure the film into segments. I think that the visuals were probably my favorite aspect of the film... the acting wasn't bad, but it wasn't anything special either. The script is damn good, with some really funny jokes that contrast certain moments of genuine melancholy - just like the tracks used in the film, a balance of elation and sorrow.
★★★★ review by matt lynch on Letterboxd
"It's euphoric and melancholic, just like we like it."
Kicked out of your own party.
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