Thursday, November 11, 2010


By D.E.Levine

Director: John Irvin
Writer: James Scott Linville (screenplay); Ernest Hemingway (novel)
Cast: Mena Suvari, Jack Huston, Caterina Murino, Carmen Maura, Richard E. Grant, Matthew Modine, Mathias Palsvig, Hector Tomas, Dritan Biba et al.
Producers: Timothy J. Lewiston and Bob Mahoney
Executive Producer: Lorne Thyssen
Co-producers: Tim Baish,Vincente Tamarit, Geoff Jarrett and Mario Jarisic
Associate Producers: Alice Guien and Wojtek Palys
Line Producer: Al Burgess
Original Music: Roger Julia
Running Time: 70 minutes
Country of Origin: United Kingdom
Language: English, Spanish, French
Genre: Drama, Romance

Beautiful vistas and cinematography, exquisite costumes and believable acting are what make this period piece enjoyable to watch.

Made in 2008 and recently acquired by Roadside Attractions, "Hemingway's Garden of Eden" is an adaption of the Ernest Hemingway novel which was published in 1986, after the author's suicide.

The film is set in the jazz era of the 1920s and focuses on newly successful writer David Bourne, his rapid romance and subsequent marriage to heiress Catherine. and their extended honeymoon on the French Riviera.

Instead of being proud of David's achievements and his ability to earn some income through his writing, Catherine becomes increasingly jealous of his abilities.

Without money problems, the couple have a luxurious life although David keeps a regimen of writing while Catherine spends her days shopping.

Experimenting with different appearances through hairstyles and clothes, they are a twosome until Catherine brings the beautiful and sultry Italian heiress Marita home.

The film which initially focuses on the relationship between a male and a female then shifts to examine relationships between the two females and the male and each of the females.

Despite having beauty, money and a devoted husband, Catherine's restlessness ultimately destroys her happiness and several relationships.

Reminiscent of Merchant Ivory films, this is a small but rare and delightful gem.