(TORONTO, ON) – If you love EDM (Electronic Dance Music) you’ll love the 2014 French Film Eden, recently released on June 26 in Toronto. Two hours of EDM tracks makes the plot irrelevant. Just sit back and get into the groove.
We have all had our share of the sex, drugs, and rock n roll genre movies. In fact, you might say they go back to Elvis Presley. But, in that case, the drugs were off screen.
We have seen it in Easy Rider and in Sid and Nancy. We have seen it in real life with Jimmy Hendrix and Janis Joplin.
Eden is the story of an obsessed DJ spinning albums in increasingly larger venues over a twenty-year span. Well, like many rock n roll tragedies, cocaine gets the best of Paul the DJ. It is a tragedy as Paul obtains the fame and adulation he craves, but spirals into debt and self destruction.
Lots of girls too.
Paul is stuck in garage, with a musical world where EDM is changing, but he is too stoned or stubborn to see it. I suppose if we are looking for any meaning in the film it would be that drugs are bad and a failure to adapt to changing trends kills creativity.
So, the plot line is far from novel or earth-shaking, but the cinematography and soundtrack are first class unless, of course, you are totally stuck in the past and just can’t move on from some ancient rock n roll band playing at Caesars’s Windsor.
A rather wooden performance by Félix de Givry as Paul. This movie is worth more of a listen than a watch.
By the way, this is based on the real life story of director Mia Hansen-Løve’s brother.