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`Eden' - Yum!
Topic by: JGereben
Posted: April 6, 2006 - 10:42 PM PDT
Last Reply: April 6, 2006 - 10:42 PM PDT

author topic: `Eden' - Yum!
post #1  on April 6, 2006 - 10:42 PM PDT  

"Eden," from Germany - to be shown at the San Francisco International Film Festival on April 21 - is "one of those movies" three times over.

It's one of those... where a brief synopsis will give you no idea what the film is really about.

It's one of those... that you know soon into the movie that it will stay with you, that you will remember... fondly, and with a warm smile.

It's one of those... with food playing a major role, a film that will send you out to the street in quest of a good restaurant, not just any place.

Oh, and it's one of those movies that you will really like.

Michael Hofmann, the writer and director, is a newcomer, but he has a veteran's sure touch. "Eden" unfolds with a quiet rhythm of its own, featuring unforgettable characters, an excellent cast, and - above all - writing that comes from the intellect, keen psychological observations, and the heart.

Charlotte Roche (English-born queen of German music video) plays the title character, an ordinary, even mousy waitress, who becomes both the muse and the creation of an obese, world-class chef, played by Josef Ostendorf, a brilliantly economical actor, whose silences speak volumes - and not only of cookbooks.

We first encounter him, as Chef Gregor, in a startling scene. He is plucking a live fowl clean, in the manner of the Wolf in Sondheim's "Into the Wood," contemplating the pending consumption of both Grandma and Little Red Riding Hood:

"Think of that scrumptious carnality twice in one day -
There's no possible way to describe what you feel
When you're talking to your meal!"

In this, just the first of a string of unforgettable situations of "Eden," that mountain of a chef tells the mildly interested bird what lovely herbs and stuffing are in store, in a gently passionate recitation of the recipe, in a love scene that only borders on the obscene, but never crosses the treshhold.

And what happens after that? Go and see "Eden." It speaks of love and life in terms rarely heard and seen in Hollywood's products: subtly and wisely.
Janos Gereben
Post Newspaper Group

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