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The Galapagos Affair: Satan Came to Eden (2013)

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About a series of unsolved disappearances on the Galapagos Island of Floreana in the 1930s.
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A German couple moves to the Galapagos Islands during the 1930s, but tragically discover that life there is nothing like the paradise they sought.

Director: Marc Rothemund


Cast overview, first billed only:
Dore Strauch (voice)
Heinz Wittmer (voice)
Friedrich Ritter (voice)
Margret Wittmer (voice)
Baroness Von Wagner (voice)
John Garth (voice)
Rolf Blomberg (voice)
Octavio Latorre ...
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Fritz Hieber ...
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Steve Divine ...
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Teppy Angermeyer ...
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Jacqueline De Roy ...
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Gil De Roy ...
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Carmen Angermeyer ...
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Jacob Lundh ...
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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 Geller/Goldfine Productions

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Release Date:

25 July 2014 (UK)  »

Also Known As:

Die Galapagos-Affäre - Satan kam nach Eden  »


Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$5,185, 6 April 2014, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$247,159, 20 July 2014
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1.78 : 1
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A New World
14 April 2014 | by See all my reviews

I found this movie fascinating from several perspectives. First of all, it is the story of a supposedly everyday German couple that decide to abandon their regular lifestyle and head off to a remote location on the other side of the world. Wow you would think that this was a 60s couple heading off to Marrakesh! Well no, we have Friedrich Ritter a respected doctor, a veteran of the great war and also married. He decides to pack up and leave with his mistress Dore Stauch, also married, to live on the other side of the world.

This is no ordinary doctor, we are told that he loves Nietzsche, but not much else about his politics other than the fact that he comes from an old conservative family. Could it be like many artists and visionaries that he saw the future from this period in 1934 and didn't like what he saw?

We see the development of their life on one of the small islands of the Galapagos and its ups and downs. We are shown original movie footage and newspaper clippings which really lock you in. Next we see the arrival of the other settlers, the Wittmers and the Baroness and her entourage. The Baroness wants to develop a hotel for rich Americans and sure enough a ship full of them show up to explore the strange press tales that are being published. Again all original footage.

We also get to meet all the current inhabitants of the island and how their histories develop from the original settlers, this is also extremely interesting. It seems to me the Friedrich and Dore made a good decision to explore the world!

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