I’ve never been to a rave. I don’t have any particular interest in electronic music. But I’m still intrigued by the trailer for Eden, the latest film by Mia Hansen-Løve. After all, cinema can transcend musical taste if it’s a compelling story told well. Eden looks to be a exploration of a subculture that connects to universal themes about acceptance and dependence. Most of all, Eden appears to be a tragic tale of someone who didn’t know when the party was over, and that’s something that afflicts people of all kinds of subcultures.
Eden opens in select theaters on June 19th, 2015.
The official synopsis for Eden:
Based on the experiences of [director Mia] Hansen-Løve’s brother (and co-writer) Sven, EDEN follows Paul (Félix de Givry), a teenager in the underground scene of early-nineties Paris. Rave parties dominate that culture, but he’s drawn to the more soulful rhythms of Chicago’s garage house. He forms a DJ collective named Cheers (in a parallel storyline, two of his friends form Daft Punk, who float throughout the movie), and together he and his friends plunge into the ephemeral nightlife of sex, drugs, and endless music. Featuring memorable appearances from Greta Gerwig and Brady Corbet (and shot by cinematographer Denis Lenoir), Hansen-Løve’s film is a shimmering swirl of color, light and baselines – an intoxicating cocktail of euphoria and melancholy as alive as any nightclub.