The exhilarating new film from Mia Hansen-Løve (Father of My Children, Goodbye First Love) is a semi-biographical drama about the rise of the ‘French touch’ electronic music scene in the 1990s, one that spawned worldwide superstars like Daft Punk and Cassius.
With a narrative spanning two decades, Eden revolves around aspiring Parisian DJ Paul (the captivating Félix de Givry) as he steps into the underground dance music scene. Raves dominate, but he’s drawn to the more soulful rhythms of Chicago’s garage house movement. He and best friend Stan form a duo and drop out of daytime society in their all-encompassing pursuit of ceaseless beats and bass, emotional and pharmaceutical highs, and a string of relationships (with excellent support here from Greta Gerwig, Laura Smet and Pauline Etienne).
Inspired by the experiences of her brother and collaborator Sven, Hansen-Løve’s film is a spectacular panorama of beautiful faces and bodies, rushes of cascading light and colour and, of course, music. Shifting between euphoria and melancholy, Eden is a film that pulsates with the reckless heartbeat of youth.