The Garden of Eden (2008)

R  |   |  Drama, Thriller  |  15 September 2011 (Chile)
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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.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Catherine Hill Bourne
Madame Aurol
David's Father
Col. Philip Boyle
Mathias Koie Levi Palsvig ...
Young David (as Mathias Palsvig)
Héctor Tomás ...
Patrice (as Hector Tomas)
Dritan Biba ...
Monsieur Jean
Álvaro Roig ...
Vladimir (as Alvaro Roig)
Yaël Belicha ...
Girl Onlooker (as Yael Belicha)
María Miguel ...
Nina (as Maria Miguel)
Igacio Gijon Solis ...
Ritz Waiter
Enrique Zaldua ...
Waiter #2 (as Enrique Zoldua)


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

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis


Surrender your inhibitions...


Drama | Thriller

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for strong sexual content, nudity and some language

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Release Date:

15 September 2011 (Chile)  »

Also Known As:

Hemingway's Garden of Eden  »

Box Office

Opening Weekend:

$12,404 (USA) (10 December 2010)


$22,083 (USA) (24 December 2010)

Company Credits

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Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


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


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 »


Catherine Bourne: We don't have to live life like normal people. We can do what we want.
David Bourne: And what kind of life is that?
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Jonesy's Blues
Performed by Raimond Bugatti and his Platinum Lounge Syncopators
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User Reviews

Could have been brilliant.
7 April 2011 | by (United States) – See 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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