Directed by Declan Recks
A couple tries to restore their marriage after 10 years.
Eden is “so modest and minor-key that the emotional bruise it leaves may take days to develop,” said Jeannette Catsoulis in The New York Times. In this intimate portrait of a marriage sliding toward dissolution, an Irish husband and wife struggle with hard truths as their 10th wedding anniversary approaches. Director Declan Recks and writer Eugene O’Brien, who adapted the script from his award-winning play, are “exquisitely tuned to the terrors of approaching middle age.” Rather than stir up unnecessary domestic drama, they concentrate on the “common wounds of the neglected marriage and their all-too-familiar field dressings,” from the husband’s wandering eye to the wife’s need to be desired. While Eden doesn’t reveal anything new, it offers a painstakingly “honest look” at marriage, said F.X. Feeney in The Village Voice. The “emotions are passionate and immediate,” the concerns real and sympathetic as the “suspense grows out of their blindness.” The film “loses its delicate edge” near its end, however, said Ronnie Scheib in Variety. Recks closes with a “forced, falsely theatrical climax,” ruining an otherwise fine film.
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