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Eden's Curve (2003)

 -  Drama | Romance  -  20 April 2003 (USA)
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A coming of age romantic drama set in 1972 based on real life events.

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Joe
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Ian
Samuel A. Levine ...
Peter (as Sam Levine)
Mathew Walker ...
Police Officer
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Bess
Stephen Daniels ...
Frank
Andrea Vaughn ...
Agnes
Bryan Carroll ...
Billy
Martha Chukinas ...
Peter's Mother
Ray Hammack ...
Peter's Father (as Clyde Hammack)
Kelly Decker ...
Lauret
Alice Saunders ...
Nosy Neighbor
Jennie Gwynn ...
Bess's Mother
Deborah Kovarski ...
Joe's Mother
Raymond Ruocco ...
Joe's Father
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This is Peter's story; an 18 year old boy who takes a journey through a conservative southern all-male university in order to discover himself. With the help of his roommate, Joe and his roommate's girlfriend, Bess, Peter begins to explore more about himself and his values only to be crushed by those who love him. The path becomes blurred and treacherous and Peter learns that only by relying on the strength of strangers will he be able to heal himself. The decisions he makes when confronted with this new truth will affect him forever. Written by Anonymous

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Dreamy atmospheric mood-piece with acute sense of period
7 April 2003 | by (London, England) – See all my reviews

I saw the world premiere of 'Eden's Curve' at the London L&G Film Festival on 6 April & was hooked. The film has a lush distinctive visual style all its own which stays in the memory long after you walk out of the movie theatre. Apparently based on real-life events in a backwoods Virginia University in the early 70s, it succeeds in conveying the spirit & look of the time with exactitude (think a grainier more sepia-tinted version of "The Ice Storm"), Ang Lee meets Jim Jarmusch.

Framed around a bisexual menage-a-trois & a young man's coming-of-age, the film is actually "about" much wider themes of identity, commitment & the limits of romanticism. Sam Levine is excellent as the lead character, a blank page waiting to be written on. Viewed from Europe though, the "real" subject of the film is the Virginia landscape, how the enormity & relative emptiness of America provoke a conflict between 'pioneer' independence & bourgeois conformity unimaginable on this side of the pond.

This is a film about mood & longing, more than about narrative or even characterisation. That means it deserves a wider audience & a good US distribution deal. It would be a tragedy if work of this quality doesn't get seen beyond the "gay film festival circuit", valuable though that is. Go See!


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