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The Garden of Eden (2008)

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A young American writer completes his service in WWI and travels across Europe with his wife and her attractive Italian girlfriend. Based on the novel by Ernest Hemingway.

Director:

John Irvin

Writers:

James Scott Linville (screenplay), Ernest Hemingway (novel)

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Mena Suvari ... Catherine Hill Bourne
Jack Huston ... David Bourne
Caterina Murino ... Marita
Carmen Maura ... Madame Aurol
Richard E. Grant ... Col. Philip Boyle
Matthew Modine ... David's Father
Mathias Koie Levi Palsvig Mathias Koie Levi Palsvig ... Young David (as Mathias Palsvig)
Héctor Tomás Héctor Tomás ... Patrice (as Hector Tomas)
Dritan Biba ... Waiter
Luis Callejo ... Monsieur Jean
Álvaro Roig Álvaro Roig ... Vladimir (as Alvaro Roig)
Yaël Belicha Yaël Belicha ... Girl Onlooker (as Yael Belicha)
María Miguel María Miguel ... Nina (as Maria Miguel)
Igacio Gijon Solis Igacio Gijon Solis ... Ritz Waiter
Enrique Zaldua Enrique Zaldua ... Waiter #2 (as Enrique Zoldua)
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Storyline

Set in the jazz age years, prior to the depression, the story follows a successful young American writer, David Bourne, and his beautiful new wife, Catherine, on their extended honeymoon in Europe. Catherine soon becomes restless and starts to tests her husband's devotion, pushing him to the limits of her imagination. Already unsure of the games his wife is playing, David is both uncomfortable and curious when she brings a sultry Italian girl, Marita, to spice things up. As the erotic game reaches new levels, the events that follow will change their lives forever. Written by Katherine McCormack

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Taglines:

Surrender your inhibitions...

Genres:

Drama | Thriller

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for strong sexual content, nudity and some language

Parents Guide:

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Details

Country:

UK | Spain

Language:

English

Release Date:

15 September 2011 (Chile) See more »

Also Known As:

Hemingway's Garden of Eden See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$12,404, 12 December 2010, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$22,083, 26 December 2010
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Runtime:

(DVD) | (original cut)

Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

This is the fiftieth adaptation of an Ernest Hemmingway story. See more »

Goofs

The fish David "catches" is clearly made of rubber. The fish has an adipose fin which only salmon and catfish have. This fake fish does not look like a salmon at all with the spiky dorsal fin and the snapper head. See more »

Quotes

David Bourne: It's a strong wind today. We drink according to the wind.
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Performed by Raimond Bugatti and his Platinum Lounge Syncopators
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Could have been brilliant.
7 April 2011 | by tony-22-615424See all my reviews

I'm a huge Ernest Hemingway fan and The Garden of Eden is by far my favorite novel. I must have read it a dozen times. I was reluctant to even watch the film - knowing that it could never live up to the book.

Well, I did anyway.

The photography is great. I lived in the south of France for seven years and I've always been in love with the region. But, it appears that most of the filming was done in Spain.

The direction and acting are brilliant. However, this has to be one of the worst screenplay adaptations of a novel ever. Much of the very "real to life" dialogue is totally absent from the film. The true motivations of the characters (and their respective dilemmas) are underdeveloped.

Oh well... Read the book.


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