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  Rated R · 131 minutes · 2015

In one sequence from Mia Hansen-Løve’s decades-spanning drama, two friends drag drunken Paul Vallée (Félix de Givry) up the stairs past a grey-haired woman. “Kids these days,” the woman sniffs, to which Paul replies, “I’m 34!” That’s a pivotal thematic moment in the story, which follows Paul from 1992, when he discovers the emerging electronic dance music scene in Paris, through his career as a moderately successful DJ and into the present day. But this isn’t meant as a “scene piece” about electronica or any other music trend. Instead, it’s a finely-observed portrait of an artist (of sorts) growing increasingly out of touch with his peers as they marry and have children, and never quite seeming to realize that, while he clings to the excitement of a life that was perfect for his 20s, he’s gone as far as he’s going to go. Hansen-Løve’s fondness for discursive narratives means that Eden winds and meanders through its 21-year course, with supporting characters disappearing and reappearing. But that’s part of what makes it effective: watching time flow by as one man mostly stays in one place.


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Director: Mia Hansen-Love
Producer: Charles Gillibert
Cast: Félix de Givry, Pauline Etienne, Vincent Macaigne, Roman Kolinka, Hugo Conzelmann, Zita Hanrot, Vincent Lacoste, Arnaud Azoulay, Paul Spera, Sébastien Chassagne, Laurent Cazanave, Sigrid Bouaziz, Léa Rougeron, Olivia Ross, Pierre-François Garel, Claire Tran, Arsinée Khanjian, Greta Gerwig, Brady Corbet, Laura Smet and Golshifteh Farahani

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