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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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Howard Goldberg

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Howard Goldberg
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Joanna Going ... Helen Kunen
Dylan Walsh ... Bill Kunen
Sean Patrick Flanery ... Dave Edgerton
Sean Christensen Sean Christensen ... Rick
Edward O'Blenis ... Sonny
John Aylward ... Dr. Bryson
Anne Christianson Anne Christianson ... Milly
Marjorie Nelson Marjorie Nelson ... Ruth
R. Hamilton Wright R. Hamilton Wright ... Mr. Bainbridge
Stephen Lennstrom Stephen Lennstrom ... Johnny
Annie Michelle Price Annie Michelle Price ... Amy
John Billingsley ... Lee
David Estrem David Estrem ... Dean Shays
J. Zachary Lenihan J. Zachary Lenihan ... Isherwood
Dennis Troutman 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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Drama

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for language and a scene of sexuality | See all certifications »
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Language:

English

Release Date:

27 March 1998 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Edèn See more »

Filming Locations:

Seattle, Washington, USA

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$1,564, 29 March 1998

Gross USA:

$4,210

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$4,210
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Color

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1.85 : 1
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A brilliant 1960's Camelot-era housewife weighed down with MS discovers how to leave her body and alight with her soul.
16 May 2007 | by marebellbSee all my reviews

I recently discovered this film gem. It is a stunning portrait of a woman trapped both in her body and life circumstances--caged physically (by Multiple Sclerosis) and spiritually (by the constraints of pre-feminist 1960's social expectations). It takes place at a New England all-boys prep school (rendered here better than Dead Poets' Society). All three leads (Joanna Going, Dylan Walsh, and Sean Patrick Flannery) give performances they have yet to repeat. Howard Goldberg's writing is whip smart, yet his direction has a delicate touch which, no doubt, adds to the actors' superb, nuanced performances. This film can't help but resonant with any owner of a human soul, but certainly has acute resonance for anyone who has ever felt anchored to this earth by a physical challenge; an uncooperative body or a life path chosen in youth, haste, or simpler times. There is a caged bird metaphor which in the hands of someone less smart and perceptive as Goldberg could seem ham-fisted, and yet here literally and figuratively soars. There is nothing not wonderful about this film. I could not recommend it more highly. After seeing it, I felt that giddiness you feel when you feel like you and you alone have discovered something sublime.


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