I always wonder about things: where does the beer come from? How do planes work? What’s the difference between a gas engine and a diesel one? Still I am not an endless source of curiosity, that is why I like everything that motivates my wondering. Eden, a French film by Mia Hansen-Love that is now in cinemas, made me posing some questions such as what was the origin of the dance music (as if there was one exact and only origin, I know…)? Why is it that people like music so much? Or dancing? Or hanging out? Why is it that people like or dislike people in general? Or love some in particular?
Eden tells the story of Paul Vallée (Félix de Givry) a young a boy who develops a great interest in the garage techno music and hence he starts a career in the music world. As a DJ, along with his partner Stan (Hugo Conzelmann), he gathers some success after years of hard work. He also gathers an amount of experiences as he and his gang of supporters and friends get more and more into the night life and everything that comes with it.
I would say the film is a bit ambitious and, consequently fails, in wanting to tell such a complex story with so many people and things going on, and in such a length of time – try to tell in a bit more than two hours 20 years of someone’s life… Flat chance, I would say! But maybe the producers of the film were more interested in showing the evolution of the music rather than the character’s one.
Still, in such a blur of events and within the whole gang – a big one, that inevitably forces to some sort of superficialism -, we see the growing of three of the main characters, above all. Louise (Pauline Étienne), one of the important women in Paul’s life, Paul himself and his best friend and artist, Cyril (Roman Kolinka). Both, Paul and Cyril are artists, genious, dreamers, but their dreams are very diferently oriented. Cyril looks to the sky, to the highness of the divine; whereas Cyril tends to look to the underworld, to the darkness of the subconcious. It is significant then, how each of them ends. Also Louise, who walks almost all the way with Paul, finds a very different way to cope with the end of the dream.
I won’t incur in any spoilers, but I’ll stress on a fact that surprised me: even when I knew the motivations of the main character, Paul, and I understood why and how he acted, I could not get to feel simpathy for him. What would this mean? Ah, another wonder!
Just to sum up, I liked the film. Add to that the amazing soundtrack with a huge amount of nostalgic cargo, and you’ll have a very enjoyable film. About the soundtrack, maybe another day. But of course, Daft Punk are important there.