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Howard Goldberg

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About the Movie

Helen (Joanna Going, “House of Cards”) is the wife of an authoritarian professor (Dylan Walsh, “Nip/Tuck”) and mother of two in turbulent 1965. As roles for women and society are changing, Helen has lost all confidence and sense of herself as she struggles with MS. She begins to have recurring dreams of flying and finally feels free of the prison her body and life have become. The more difficult things get the more she withdraws into the dreams, until they consume her and eventually become out of body experiences and Helen slips into a coma. The thought of losing her and the sage advice from a young college student (Sean Patrick Flannery) finally makes her husband realize how remarkable Helen really is. His love for her blossoms even as her body is dying. Can his now unconditional love help Helen to come to terms with the reality of her illness and choose to come back to lead her life to its fullest? Or will she allow herself to fade away?

Rotten Tomatoes Movie Reviews


  • Reviews Counted: 12
  • Fresh: 6
  • Rotten: 6
  • Average Rating: 4.7/10

Top Critics' Reviews

Rotten: [Eden] is really two movies in one, and they don't quite fit. – Stephen Holden, New York Times, Oct 22, 2013

Rotten: You may find soaring a bit tricky, however, with the millstone of the picture's clunky symbolism around your neck. – Mike D'Angelo, Entertainment Weekly, Oct 22, 2013

Fresh: Dramatic delicacy and strong acting distinguish Eden, a tale of the emotional tensions between a disease-stricken woman, her teacher husband and an idealistic student. – Godfrey Cheshire, Variety, Oct 22, 2013

Fresh: It's distinguished by Going's haunting performance, the perceptive dramatization of growing student rebellion in a specific year and writer-director Howard Goldberg's refreshing avoidance of cliches about the period. – John Hartl, Seattle Times, Oct 22, 2013

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  • $4.99
  • Genre: Drama
  • Released: 1998

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