The biographical tale of her brother Sven’s journey from successful garage DJ to impoverished Parisian novelist, Mia Hansen-Løve’s Eden owes much to her husband Olivier Assayas’ Something In The Air as it nostalgically navigates the choppy waters of youthful dreams and adult disillusionment. It’s got a hip soundtrack to be sure, but while the film loses itself in music, its characters, pacing and central intrigue are way off. Paradise lost perhaps, but it feels more like an eternal sentence in purgatory.
Eden | Directed by Mia Hansen-Løve (France 2015) with Félix de Givry, Greta Gerwig. Starts April 30.
Originally published in issue #138, May 2015