Darwin meets Hitchcock in this feature-length documentary. THE GALAPAGOS AFFAIR is a gripping tale of idealistic dreams gone awry, set in the brutal yet alluring landscape of the Galapagos Islands. Featuring voice-over performances by Cate Blanchett, Diane Kruger, Connie Nielsen, Sebastian Koch, Thomas Kretschmann, Gustaf Skarsgard and Josh Radnor, this film skillfully interweaves an unsolved 1930s murder mystery with stories of present day Galapagos pioneers (a handful of Europeans, Americans and Ecuadoreans who settled idiosyncratically on the Islands between the 1930s and 1960s). As such, it is a parable about the search for paradise -- about what happens when a handful of individualists settle on the same small island seeking their own distinct and sometimes clashing notions of Eden. Written by
If Paradise is only in one's head can it ever truly be found?
An almost stranger-than-fiction tale of paradise found and paradise
lost is recounted in the documentary The Galapagos Affair: Satan Came
to Eden, a true-crime mystery that unfolded in the remote islands off
the South American coast during the 1930s that remains unsolved to this
Tiring of conventional life in Germany, a doctor and his sickly
mistress retreat from civilization and head to the furthest reaches of
the earth -- the unsettled islands of the nature-filled Galapagos
Islands. A family of three soon joins them on the island and tensions
begin to build as each have contrasting opinions of what the isle
should be like. Things change even more when a beguiling baroness and
her two lovers arrive on the island hoping to scout out a location for
a fancy hotel.
Things happen. Bad things.
Told through narration by the reading of the actual people's journals
and diary entries of their time on the island, the visuals of the film
are as equally fascinating as a surprising amount of actual video
footage was recorded of the various adventurers. It is as if it was all
meant to happen ... so we'd be intrigued anew 80 years later! This
little story has remarkably remained secret over the decades ... I'm
surprised Hollywood has not tried to adapt this into a jaw-dropping
suspense thriller as nobody on the island knew what to think of any of
the others once mysterious things started to happen. What did happen? I
watched the documentary and am still unsure. It is a perfect mystery
... or it is a perfect hoax.
The film is intriguing and made me think of Agatha Christie's 'And Then
There Were None'. I wish there was more to know ... but there isn't. It
is an eternal mystery ...
"A closed mouth admits no flies."
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