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Eden's Curve2003

  • 3.4
It is 1972 and muscularly handsome blond Peter (Sam Levine) heads off to an exclusive Virginia university, unsure of what to expect. He joins a fraternity house where he meets William (Bryan Carroll), a classics major who has a strong attraction to him. Despite their flirting the reserved Peter becomes romantically involved with his roommate Joe (Trevor Lissauer) and Joe's girlfriend Bess (Amber Taylor). When the trio's social bliss is disrupted by a violent episode, Peter is taken in and protected by Ian (Julio PerilliпїЅn), his poetry professor. Recuperating at Ian's idyllic country house, Peter soon falls in love with his professor. When jealousy rears its ugly head, Peter and Ian's happiness is threatened.

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Nicely done, with just enough of all the right things. Especially impressive is the art direction, and the script and acting in capturing the very drab, half-baked era of the early 70's. Few films of the period are successful in doing so, particularly in capturing the not-quite-yet-socially-evolved personalities. Whereas the period was certainly dynamic, actual self-awareness and the masterful expressions and strategies we now use weren't quite gelled then, and that is often hard to communicate to young actors, but this director succeeds tremendously. The cinematic style to match is dead-on. I had to pause it and got to imdb to see when the film was actually made because it has a rather haunting 16mm look and feel. Then there is the subject matter, which is delicately handled, as was the overall sexuality of all the characters, which was also something in the works for most people during that era. I found the lead actor's work to be rather stunning in his "blankness" as mentioned in another review, and it was right for the character, perfect for the period. Lastly, and being Southern, this is my biggest compliment because this is almost never the case, they got the accents right, which must have involved some careful research. This is a fine piece of film, especially if you are over 40, whether you're queer or not.

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A film where the cinematographer/director tries to animate the wooden characters through use of constant closeups and jerky voyeuristic camera work. The dirge like music only adds to the gloom. But the most unforgivable sin is a lead who is so passive ,his blank face revealing no emotions, that we can muster little sympathy for his many emotional travails. I will not reveal the ending but it is a predictable as the looks on the boy's southern parent faces when they learn he is gay. Cameras do not tell stories in films, actors do. Alas they are few and far between in this dreary little film.

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Nicely done, with just enough of all the right things. Especially impressive is the art direction, and the script and acting in capturing the very drab, half-baked era of the early 70's. Few films of the period are successful in doing so, particularly in capturing the not-quite-yet-socially-evolved personalities. Whereas the period was certainly dynamic, actual self-awareness and the masterful expressions and strategies we now use weren't quite gelled then, and that is often hard to communicate to young actors, but this director succeeds tremendously. The cinematic style to match is dead-on. I had to pause it and got to imdb to see when the film was actually made because it has a rather haunting 16mm look and feel. Then there is the subject matter, which is delicately handled, as was the overall sexuality of all the characters, which was also something in the works for most people during that era. I found the lead actor's work to be rather stunning in his "blankness" as mentioned in another review, and it was right for the character, perfect for the period. Lastly, and being Southern, this is my biggest compliment because this is almost never the case, they got the accents right, which must have involved some careful research. This is a fine piece of film, especially if you are over 40, whether you're queer or not.

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I many times expect (sometimes unfairly, perhaps) that current films of this genre are, for the most part, of the meat-market variety; lots of perspiration and increased oxygen exchange – and little else. This film, delightfully enough, was to prove my stereotype wrong.

The cinematography was very well done, the actors did a great good job of bringing out the soul of the character that they played, and the settings (both indoors and outdoors) were well selected.

The story line itself held up extremely well, thanks to a good cast and a moderately fast pace. I won’t say too much about the plot as I believe that one should experience the move for themselves and not hear it from me. Innocence lost, love, betrayal, bigotry and incredible grief – it’s all there just waiting to be experienced. Hope you enjoy it as much as I did.

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the drama and plot in this movie were very interesting, The thoughts of gay men are a mystery,

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Since this film was based on the life of a friend, a tragedy. Lotsa blurry shots -- blurry trees, blurry river, blurry waterfals, blurry lights on the highway, jarring and blurry transitions. Acting was poor except for "Billy" and "Ian". Script was lifeless. Acting was lifeless. I endured a similar experience in a fraternity in the same era and the REAL tragedy is that this film could have been SO GOOD. It could have been brilliant.

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I loved the story and identified with it so much from my college days. Very engrossing and very sad. My only criticism was the cinematography was a bit TOO distracting at several points and the film itself could easily been 10-15 minutes shorter. Acting was excellent throughout.

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High-stakes sexual intrigue in this coming-of-age story set in the early 70s. A complex bisexual tryst propels the protagonist into coming out. For a movie made after 2000, there's a little too much "tragic homosexual" content. The leading character reminds me of an Isherwood ingenue, unreadable, passive emotionally even when acting assertively, which works well until the climax of the film, when we expect more insight and he doesn't come through. Several of the supporting roles are arresting and original, and their characters' through lines are , oddly, clearer than the protagonist's. It's well worth watching.

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enjoyed greatly!

It's OK as gay films go but is typically formula.

tearful

it is based on true stories a good example of why folks are to come out

+

like it. acting is engaging. story is right in there with life. production very good and I did like the music. all good.

Slow and intriguing plot and yet boring and not too interesting.

There is much that is good- I liked much of the directorial style, though the sound is uneven - I kept turning the sound up and down to get the elusive dialogue but didn't want to not blast out my neighbors. The end felt unsatisfactory- didn't really believe it - I know it is supposed to be a true story but it didn't read true here. If I had liked the ending I'd give it top stars as it is it disappointed at the end. The musical score was great though.

The story line was hard for me to understand because I have a hearing problem and much of the dialog was lost! I thought the directing was too artsy and somewhat disconnected and didn't have a continuity to it to keep the movie moving on a straight line. It threw too many curves and characters and therefore, lost focus on the developing storyline of Peters quest for acceptance and love. The epilogue more or less states that this was based on a true story so having an uplifting ending we have to accept the tragedy as ordained by the circumstances of this true life story.

Interesting especially for being in 1972. Times have changed greatly for gay men. Nonetheless, disturbing movie with him being beaten up by his roommate and with the suicide of his first love due to the anti- gay bigotry by his frat, the amdinistration and most disturbing by his parents.

very good

I FELT THE MOVIE WAS WELL DONE ON ALL POINTS BUT ONE. WHY DID IT HAVE TO END ON A SAD NOTE. BEING GAY IN A HOMPHOBIC, GAY HATING SOCIETY IS PAINFUL ENOUGH, WHY MAKE MOVIES THAT CAUSE SADDNES AND TEARS IN THE END. AREN'T GAY PEOPLE PERSECUTED ENOUGH, DO YOU HAVE TO MAKE MOVIES THAT SHOW THE SAME THING THAT IS HAPPENING TO THEM IN REALITY. WHY NOT MAKE FILMS THAT TAKE YOU TO A DIFFERENT PLACE OF LOVE, COMEDY, FAMILY ACCEPTANCE, AND KINDNESS, LIKE THE FILMS DURING TO 40'S,& 50'S DID WITH THE LOVE STORIES AND THE DANCE MOVIES, AND THE COMEDIES, WHEN THERE WAS WAR AND SUFFERING GOING ON. IT GAVE PEOPLE A OPPORTUNITY TO ESCAPE FOR A FEW HOURS THAT THE STRESS AND PRESSURE OF THE REALITY THE TIMES WERE CAUSING. COME ON PEOPLE MAKE BETTER FILMS THAT WHEN YOU HAVE FINISHED WATCHING IT YOU FEEL GOOD NOT DEPRESSED

Quite moving

I like this film. Rather an interesting one, I say.

love it

I really liked it. the sound track was awesome.

I thought the story line was interesting and intense.

the young boy was amazing!!!!

The quality of the film is so poor, especially the audio, that I gave up, will look to find it on another venue. This is becoming to numerous on Fandor.

yes