The film follows the rise and fall of Paul, a DJ who pioneered the French touch – a type of electronic dance music that became widely popular in the 1990s. At a time where raves dominate the era, Paul is drawn to the sounds of Chicago’s garage house. It’s not long before he forms a DJ duo called Cheers and his friends form the group Daft Punk. Together they fall headfirst into the world of drugs, sex, and music.
Paul Vallée is a young French student who enjoys going to raves. Eventually he partners with his friend Stan to form a DJ duo called Cheers around the same time as two of his other friends Guy-Man and Thomas form the DJ duo Daft Punk. In university he hopes to be a writer but as time goes on he abandons his thesis as his DJing career takes off. In 2001 he and his friend Cyril are invited to New York to DJ at PS1 MoMA but Cyril refuses to go, having finally decided to commit to the graphic novel he had wanted to write. Paul’s time in New York is a success, but upon his return he learns that Cyril committed suicide shortly after finishing his graphic novel.
For awhile Paul is successful however by 2006 his spending begins to catch up with him as his audience shrinks. He begins to turn to his mother to keep him financially afloat. As his life begins to crumble he runs into an old girlfriend, Louise. He hopes they can romantically reconnect but she informs Paul that she once had an abortion after becoming pregnant with his child. Paul has a nervous breakdown and confesses to his mother that he is addicted to cocaine and is deeply in debt.
By 2013 Paul has manage to rehabilitate his life and works for a vacuum repair company by day while attending a creative writing workshop by night. At one of the workshop sessions he talks to a young girl who asks him what he does. When he tells her he is a former DJ who specialized in garage music she admits that the only techno she listens to is Daft punk. Later Paul goes to a club where he sees Guy-Man and Thomas again.
Eden is a French drama film directed by Mia Hansen-Løve and co-written with Sven Hansen-Løve. The film stars Félix de Givry, Hugo Conzelmann, Roman Kolinka and Pauline Etienne. The film premiered in the Special Presentations section of the 2014 Toronto International Film Festival. It was also screened in the 52nd edition of the New York Film Festival and the BFI London Film Festival in October 2014. The film’s U.S. theatrical release was June 19, 2015.
Directed by: Mia Hansen Løvew
Starring: Félix de Givry, Pauline Etienne, Hugo Conzelmann. Greta Gerwig, Golshifteh Farahani, Laura Smet, Vincent Lacoste
Screenplay by: Mia Hansen-Løve, Sven Hansen-Løve
Production Design byı: Anna Falguères
Cinematography by: Denis Lenoir
Film Editing by: Marion Monnier
Costume Design by: Judy Shrewsbury
Set Decoration by: Mathieu Guy
MPAA Rating: R for drug use, language and some sexuality / nudity.
Studio: Ad Vitam Distribution, Broad Green Pictures
Release Date: June 19, 2015