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Eden

Released Nov 14, 2008 1h 23m Drama List
72% Tomatometer 25 Reviews 47% Audience Score 100+ Ratings
As their 10th anniversary nears, a couple (Aidan Kelly, Eileen Walsh) confront their disintegrating marriage. Read More Read Less

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Brian Tallerico HollywoodChicago.com Declan Reck has made a character-driven drama that plays with stereotpyical elements of marriage movies like infidelity and ennui but makes them feel completely genuine. Mar 19, 2009 Full Review Steven Rea Philadelphia Inquirer Although its low-key realism is admirable, Eden doesn't really work. Rated: 2/4 Dec 11, 2008 Full Review Ruthe Stein San Francisco Chronicle To say it is bleak is an understatement. But it will make a lot of people reassess their marriages and decide that, in comparison, they're not so bad after all. Rated: 3/4 Dec 5, 2008 Full Review Kelly Vance East Bay Express The sweet sadness of it rises through the banter like a mist. It's something to take home with you. Aug 16, 2011 Full Review Tony Medley tonymedley.com Rated: 9/10 Mar 17, 2009 Full Review Stephen Schaefer Boston Herald Rated: B+ Mar 17, 2009 Full Review Read all reviews

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Audience Member slow but still enjoyable this look at love/marriage on the rocks. Rated 2 out of 5 stars 02/25/23 Full Review Audience Member A glacially paced domestic drama about two married people (Aidan Kelly and Eileen Walsh) who's marriage appears to be on edge as their tenth wedding anniversary approaches. She hopes things will get better while he has reverted to a boozing and fantasizing man of his earlier glory days. The acting is good ... but the story is stark. The only actor I had seen before is Padraic Delaney (Showtime's The Tudors, The Wind That Shakes the Barley) who plays a supporting part as a family acquantaince seeing that the marriage is in trouble. She suffers internally and he suffers internally and then she suffers internally and then he suffers internally and so on. He drinks a lot, she tries to feel better about herself ... There is nothing wrong with this movie, but it isn't one I would recommend to anybody either. There is no real reason on earth to see this one. Ouch. That makes it sound worse than it is ... which isn't fair: watching it is simply an arduous task. Rated 2.5 out of 5 stars 02/24/23 Full Review Audience Member A gem of an Irish drama I found on Video On Demand! Eileen Walsh (The Magdalene Sisters) was superb as a silently suffering wife whose husband of 10 years can't or won't make love to her any more and would rather spend every night going out with the boys. Breda's been dieting and preparing to make herself look sensational for their 10th wedding anniversary by making herself a sexy purple dress with the hope that her husband will finally connect with her again. Their two children sense the emotional chasm between them and only want them to go out and have a brilliant time together. However, on their special night, Breda's husband Billy makes a total arse of himself because he's been fantasizing about having an affair with a teenaged local girl and ends up at a party at her parents' house instead of going home with his wife from the local bar. In the meantime, a heartbroken Breda finds herself in the arms of another man; one who is willing to really listen to her and who seems to care. This well-written, wonderfully directed film portrays a very realistic look at the intimacies (or lack thereof) of a marriage, in which two people really love each other but have forgotten how to communicate with each other. Beautifully done! Rated 4 out of 5 stars 01/21/23 Full Review Audience Member I didn't get to see it all, but it was beautifully made just a bit sad Rated 3 out of 5 stars 02/16/23 Full Review Audience Member Perhaps better suited to theater than film, Walsh and Kelly are the embodiment of domestic despair, fumbling to find their way back into the light. Rated 3 out of 5 stars 01/25/23 Full Review Audience Member Made me wanting to shake both main characters and force them to communicate eventually! A film about feelings, hopes, fears... the real life. Rated 3.5 out of 5 stars 01/28/23 Full Review Read all reviews
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Movie Info

Synopsis As their 10th anniversary nears, a couple (Aidan Kelly, Eileen Walsh) confront their disintegrating marriage.
Director
Declan Recks
Producer
David Collins
Screenwriter
Eugene O'Brien
Distributor
Liberation Ent.
Genre
Drama
Original Language
English
Release Date (Theaters)
Nov 14, 2008, Limited
Release Date (DVD)
Feb 24, 2009
Box Office (Gross USA)
$15.6K
Runtime
1h 23m