In Eden, the party is over before it truly started // Monumental Pictures

“Sprawling from 1992 to 2013, Mia Hansen-Love’s Eden spans a generational divide, a gradual loss of a personal movement to the mainstream. The gradual invasion, appropriation, and eventual alienation of a movement built from the ground up has been popular fodder for filmmakers as varied as (names) lately. It’s one that I’m inclined to believe it a by-product of the internet ending the idea of a geographically restricted and entirely self-contained movement, and one that Hansen-Love hones in on in the final reels, particularly when her ageless protagonist Paul (Felix de Givry, playing a stand-in for Hansen-Love’s own brother) meets a young woman who admits the only techno she listens to is Daft Punk. The presence of Daft Punk, friends of Paul who unite at the same time as Paul and his friend Stan (Hugo Conzelmann) form their duo Cheers (named after the popular TV show), hang over the film as both a symbol of Paul’s failure and the eventual destruction of the movement.”

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