Director: Mia Hansen-Love
cast: Greta Gerwig, Golschiftch Farahani, Felix de Gevry
Genre: Drama, Music
Language: French with English subtitles
Country of Origin: France 2014 131 mins.
Released by Metrodome
We’re used to seeing dramas about impassioned French youth brought together by cinephilia or post-’68 unrest. In Mia Hansen-Løve’s (Father of My Children) terrific film, the characters’ motivating passion is house music. Inspired by the experiences of her brother – who’s also her collaborator here – Hansen-Løve gives us a fictionalised account of the French house boom that spawned Daft Punk, Cassius et al. With a loose narrative spanning two decades, Eden revolves around aspiring DJ Paul (de Givry), as he helps put the so-called ‘French Touch’ on the world dance map. A sprawling dramatis personae takes in clubbers, entrepreneurs, tormented cartoonist Cyril, and Paul’s ever-anxious mother (Arsinée Khanjian). With locations from Paris to Chicago (bien sûr!), and with cameos from real-life house names, this story of a briefly flaring idyll is a tender, exuberant, musically dizzy panorama that comes across like Flaubert’s Sentimental Education with a Frankie Knuckles remix.
Jonathan Romney 2014 London Film Festival