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Eden (1996)

R | | Drama | 27 March 1998 (USA)
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Story of a New England boys' school and of one of the students who is infatuated with an instructor's wife who has Multiple Sclerosis. The woman struggles to show her strict husband how ... See full summary »

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Helen Kunen
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Dave Edgerton
Sean Christensen ...
Rick
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Sonny
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Dr. Bryson
Anne Christianson ...
Milly
Marjorie Nelson ...
Ruth
R. Hamilton Wright ...
Mr. Bainbridge
Stephen Lennstrom ...
Johnny
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Amy
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Lee
David Estrem ...
Dean Shays
J. Zachary Lenihan ...
Isherwood
Dennis Troutman ...
Parker
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Story of a New England boys' school and of one of the students who is infatuated with an instructor's wife who has Multiple Sclerosis. The woman struggles to show her strict husband how love rather than demands helps the student to blossom, but finally she falls into a coma. While she is able to have some 'looking down' awareness of what is happening, her coma is what brings her husband to an understanding of the needs of others. Written by BOB STEBBINS <stebinsbob@aol.com>

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7 August 2005 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This movie could be a hit if they'd edit out the kids and the crow...

I watched it on TIVO sped through it the first time (gave it one thumbs down). For some odd reason (guess the description caught my attention) I TIVOd it again.

This time I let it run on a Sunday afternoon whist cooking an early dinner...sorta like company. When the scene where Joanna describes the human body as a vehicle (I like container) caught my eye/ear I began to pay attention.

From that point forward, I found that Helen (Going) and Dave (SPF) interactions to be quite engaging.

I finally sat down to eat when Helen asked the boys if they'd ever seen their bodies from above. I relaxed, ate my steak and watched the rest of the movie.

I loved the ending line so much I played it a couple of times and decided to "watch" Eden a third time.

I found that I was speeding through the painful and superfluous family footage stopping only for the interactions of Helen and Dave.

As a video editor, it was clear to me that a really great, interesting spiritual movie could be cobbled together using the existing cut. Simply by editing out the kids and the crow a terrific movie would emerge..try it yourself.

There are so many great monologues and dream sequences in this movie it'd be worth the effort just to get the message out.


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