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620 Ratings


Directed by Mia Hansen-Løve
France, 2014


Paris, 1992: house music is developing at a fast pace. In the exciting nightlife, Paul is taking his first steps as a DJ of the “French touch”. With his friend Stan, he forms the DJ duo Cheers, playing electronic dance music. Later, Paul becomes depressed, and the cocaine he takes doesn’t help.

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Eden Directed by Mia Hansen-Løve
Despite the soap-opera potential of some of her material, Hansen-Løve roots these moments within the everyday, so that the emotion is hitched to a stream of non-dramatic but vital moments… By choosing to focus on what happens around the dramatic moment… she offers something that feels very much like life: things happen, we think we might break, we make a small gesture toward change and, eventually, the intensity passes – even as the echo of the past resonates through each new action.
February 21, 2016
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Rich emotions are made manifest through minor details, and where Hansen-Løve’s intricate and intuitive construction mode might evade conspicuous payoffs, it’s the things that are not happening and the people who are not there that are often the most important.
July 23, 2015
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Mia Hansen-Løve’s Eden is about many things, any one of them a surprising, esoteric and rather brave subject for a film. Specifically, it’s about the developments in rave culture from the early 1990s to the present. It’s about lives tumbling along as the years drift by, never conforming to the plot you’re expecting to kick in. It’s about the thrill of being a DJ: the moment when you try out a new cut, a roomful of sweaty people writhing below you, and watch the beat being transmitted into dance.
July 23, 2015
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