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Hemingway's Garden of Eden (2010)

Hemingway's Garden of Eden

Overview


Genre

Drama, Romance

Release Date

December 10, 2010 (Limited)

MPAA Rating

R

Duration

111 min.

Studio

Roadside Attractions

Official Site

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REVIEWS RATE:  Critics  Not quite bad, but it's not recommended either.    Readers  5 of 5 [Rate It]

Cast and Crew


Director

John Irvin

Producer

Tim Lewiston, Bob Mahoney

Screenwriter

James Scott Linville

Starring

  • Mena Suvari as Catherine Bourne
  • Jack Huston
  • Caterina Murino
  • Richard E. Grant
  • Carmen Maura
  • Matthew Modine

Story


David Bourne (Jack Huston), a promising American novelist now living in Paris, meets the volatile and seductive Catherine (Mena Suvari) and immediately falls under her spell. After a whirlwind romance they set off for their honeymoon on the Cote d'Azur. David is increasingly distracted from his writing by Catherine's sexual liberation and erotic role-playing.

As David struggles to control his emotions, Catherine raises the erotic tension by bringing David a "present" in the form of the sultry Marita (Caterina Murino), an Italian heiress, who provokes excitement and jealousy in both David and Catherine. As he becomes a pawn between the two manipulative women, David retreats into his writing, re-creating the story of his relationship with his father, a charismatic big-game hunter (Matthew Modine). As jealous as she is of Marita, Catherine is even more obsessively envious of David's success as a writer, especially if his stories do not involve her. Catherine becomes vindictive and her dangerous, erotic game-playing only serves to drive David into Marita's arms.

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REVIEWS BY CRITICS

“..is mild, unchallenging, and kinda dull..”
by Michael Atkinson [Village Voice]
“..a cheesy, distracting flight of fancy..”
by Jesse Cataldo [Slant Magazine]
“..a literary B-side turned into something not awful, just forgettable..”
by Mark Olsen [LA Times]