My main issue with "Eden" is that characters and our connection with them only seem to exist between all those club scenes and great music, so there wasn't enough intimacy for me to truly care about Cyril's suicide, Louise's troubled personality or even Paul's downward spiral. Less parties and a little more feeling would have taken it one step further. But as a fan of french house, that soundtrack was everything.
A bit like house music through the years, the rhythm of the characters changes through the movie: while in the 1990s they're fresh, hip and unconcerned, they slowly fade into generality and tiredness as the 2000s arrive. Worthy by its soundtrack, the movie is unfortunately dragged to oblivion, resembling the main character Paul, the DJ wannabe.
A wonderful movie and very French. The kind of wonderfully French movie that will not reward you if you are interested in becoming emotionally invested in a protagonist. Paul is a cipher, a standing reserve. There is no suggestion that he has an inner life until the final shot. Eden is above all else an elegy to the passage of time. It's landscape is a landscape of time more than a landscape of space. Mostly moments.
As hypnotic and contagious as the rhythms we listen to, “Eden” evinces an astounding realism, incorporating the characters, images, and music with zest, and ultimately composing a slice of real life... (4.5 stars)
I do not exactly know how to express the disappointment about a film that affects my own biography - raves, garage and house music also did my 90's - and that results only in an unlimited modorra of banalities, filmed without spirit, a lazy copy of the slightest Assayas, without the writing ability that he sometimes shows.
Eden no es un filme para aspirantes a DJ ni tampoco apunta a convertirse en un manual histórico sobre este género musical. Como en todas las películas realizadas por Hansen Love, sus relatos obedecen a un personaje inmerso a su temporalidad y generación, y cómo este va lidiando con triunfos y asperezas. La trama es cual línea de tiempo. Es la historia sobre éxitos, frustraciones, toques de fondo y rehabilitaciones.