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FILM DETAILS
Certificate
TBC
Cast
Josef Ostendorf
Charlotte Roche.
Directors
Michael Hoffman.
Screenwriters
Michael Hoffman.
Running Time
98 minutes

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Eden
German odd-couple fairytale with a food theme.


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Plot
A young cafe waitress in a humdrum marriage finds herself attracted to the fat, lonely but talented chef...


Review
Eden

Michael Hofmann indulges in food fetishism with a bittersweet tale of chocolate cola sauce and unexpected passion. But while this odd-couple drama offers some insights into taste and attraction, it fails to establish the backstories required to fully appreciate the platonic relationship that chef Josef Ostendorf forges with Charlotte Roche, a café waitress with a Down Syndrome daughter and an unfulfilling marriage.
 
There’s an engaging hesitancy about the initial encounters, as Roche succumbs to the thick-set loner’s famously erotic cuisine. But her smug husband’s growing suspicions deflect the action towards a denouement whose bleak absurdism seem to belong to another film.


Verdict
The solid central performances can't quite sustain the charm of this offbeat odd-couple romance as the action lapses into discordantly bleak absurdism.


Reviewed by David Parkinson

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