Garden of Eden Movie Review

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I admit that it is the first book by the American writer that I read, it is a posthumous novel since it did not appear on the market until 1986 when the writer committed suicide in 1961 at his home in Idaho.

“The Garden of Eden” is the life of two newlyweds David Bourne and Catherine and reveals although written in full maturity (it began in 1946) a collection of experiences that could well be autobiographical, Hemingway was married up to four times.

The simple and direct language, the clear dialogues and a vigorous and athletic prose, grant the novel the merits of literature in a big way; the events related take us to the adventures of these two newlyweds who play the art of life with the freedom and ingenuity of young people open to adventure. Their stays in the South of France or in Spain, where they exchange sexual identities, fill their encounters with sensuality, draw evocations full of light and blue sea. The narrative intensity is maintained and it reaches perfection with the development.

The appearance of a young woman named Martina will fill the novel with the games of three, where David while writing his stories will be involved in the seduction of two women who make him a trophy and a reason for rapprochement between them.

An oil on the lost innocence.

Conflicts and consensus in bourgeois paradise

Your little green world is manageable and a colorful social microcosm. Mano Khalil spent two years collecting stories from a Swiss allotment garden; his documentary gives insights into multicultural coexistence in a limited space.

For Ernst “Aschi” and Hausi Wirth, for example, their allotment garden is more than a vegetable patch: it has become a home for the two divorced brothers, a soulful home, a little garden of Eden. Different fates meet here in the green area in Bottigenmoos near Bern-Bumpliz. This is about the Polish couple Janosch and Aldona Goganski. The two have lived in Switzerland for almost 40 years. He has cancer. His wife can’t take it anymore, separates. “Sometimes in life there are stories without a happy end,” she says sadly. In the end he sits alone in his garden shed. Marguerite Pfister (67) and Mohammed Barka (73) from Algeria form a literally colorful couple. “I’m a Protestant, my husband is a Muslim,” she says. “That has never been a problem and it will not be in the future.” How nice if it were like that in everyday life in Switzerland.

Perfect allotment garden world? 

By far not. But at least you fight and talk together, moan and complain, but mostly you find a common twist, a common denominator. Garden President Giuseppe Assante, an Italian by Swiss citizenship, ensures order pedantic, accurate and well-meaning for the common good just like a middle-class Swiss. But he feels his “situation is worse than Bush’s”. Well, the unfortunate Bush days are behind us. But do allotment gardens and their inhabitants have a future? In some places they are threatened, in Zurich for example, and have to give way.

Mano Khalil, a trained cameraman of Kurdish descent, describes this small, “ideal world” in the countryside with love and understanding. He does not exclude conflicts and confusions, but finds consensus, warmth and a bit of security in a seething, unsteady world. With every meter of film streaming you can feel his sympathy, his affection for the protagonists, who have great confidence in him. Khalil does not analyze, comment, or criticize. He lets people speak for themselves. Thanks to his feeling for people, the exciting picture of a microcosm was created with all the flaws and merits. The reflection of a multicultural society in the country authentic and hopeful.

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