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"Let your spirits soar."
  • R
  • 1998
  • 1 hr 46 min
  • 5.7  (356)

Eden is a 1996 drama film directed by Howard Goldberg and starring Joanna Going, Dylan Walsh, and Sean Patrick Flanery. The movie explores the complex relationships of four high school friends. The film is set in a small town in the United States during the 1960s and 1970s. The film begins with the character of Bucky (Dylan Walsh) narrating the story of his youth. Bucky is a successful businessman, and the audience sees him return to his hometown for a high school reunion. Bucky appears to have it all, but he is haunted by his past.

The story then flashes back to Bucky's high school years, where he is in love with the beautiful yet troubled Alma (Joanna Going). Alma's mother is an alcoholic and her father is absent, causing her to act out and become rebellious. Bucky and Alma's relationship is complicated by the arrival of a new student, the charismatic Kevin (Sean Patrick Flanery).

Bucky, Alma, Kevin, and Bucky's best friend, Billy (Sean McGowan), make up a tight-knit group of friends who bond over their love of music and dreams of escaping their small town. However, tensions rise between the group as Bucky begins to grow jealous of Kevin's relationship with Alma. Kevin and Alma's relationship is passionate, but also destructive.

As the group graduates from high school and moves on to college, their friendships strain under the weight of their individual struggles. Billy falls into drug addiction, Kevin struggles with his own demons, and Bucky becomes consumed with jealousy towards Kevin. Alma becomes the unfortunate victim of their battles.

Eden offers a poignant examination of the nature of friendship and love. The film explores how the group's shared experiences shape their growth as individuals and how they become trapped by their past decisions. The story is filled with underlying themes of regret, forgiveness, and reconciliation. Through the characters' trials and tribulations, the audience witnesses the destructive power of youthful passion, and how it can tragically impact a person's life.

What makes Eden stand out is its expert use of music. The film's soundtrack is filled with iconic songs from the 60s and 70s, and the music is expertly woven throughout the narrative. It is used to convey the characters' emotional struggles and serves as a time capsule, evoking a sense of nostalgia for the era.

Joanna Going delivers an exceptional performance as Alma, a girl who is looking for something to fill the emptiness in her life. Going skilfully captures Alma's sadness and confusion, and the audience feels sympathy towards her character as she is caught in the middle of the battle between Bucky and Kevin.

Dylan Walsh plays the complex character of Bucky with nuance, conveying his character's inner turmoil and regret. Sean Patrick Flanery is exceptional as the charismatic Kevin, who is struggling to define himself beyond his family's expectations. Sean McGowan brings a touching vulnerability to Billy, the group's troubled friend.

In summary, Eden is a moving drama that explores the complexities of love and friendship. The film's standout performances, expert use of music, and powerful themes make it a must-see for anyone searching for an emotive and thought-provoking story.

Eden is a 1998 drama with a runtime of 1 hour and 46 minutes. It has received moderate reviews from critics and viewers, who have given it an IMDb score of 5.7.

Where to Watch Eden
Eden is available to watch free on Tubi TV. It's also available to stream, download and buy on demand at Apple TV, Amazon and Google Play. Some platforms allow you to rent Eden for a limited time or purchase the movie and download it to your device.
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    5.7  (356)