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Wednesday, May 1, 2013

Megan Griffiths' Masterpiece Eden Comes Home

Posted by on Wed, May 1, 2013 at 4:03 PM

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From my piece in this week's paper:

Searching for a reference point for the experience of watching Eden, the razor-sharp human-trafficking drama directed by Seattle filmmaker Megan Griffiths, I'm repeatedly brought back to the world of horror. The closest comparison I can make to being led into the depths of Eden is following Clarice Starling into that pitch-black basement at the end of The Silence of the Lambs—only in Eden, the villains aren't cartoon psychopaths. They're terrifyingly average fellow humans who've somehow found a way around whatever it is inside of us that objects to kidnapping, rape, slavery, and murder. And in Eden, that trapped-in-a-basement-with-monsters terror isn't reserved for the thrilling climax. It emanates from virtually every frame of the film, which methodically follows a teenage American girl (dubbed "Eden" by her captors) as she's forced to survive in the world of underage sex trafficking. The result is a stark, suspense-packed horror film that offers its most terrifying fact before the action begins: "Based on a true story."

Continue reading here. And go see Eden at SIFF Uptown starting this Friday. This weekend brings two special screenings:

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seatackled 1
I've been wondering if this is one of those Asian-woman-rescued-from-sadistic-and-perverted-Asian-guys-by-honorable-and-heroic-white-guy type of films. Is it?
Posted by seatackled on May 1, 2013 at 7:44 PM · Report this
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@1 No.
Posted by not an asian rescued from asians by a white male on May 1, 2013 at 8:38 PM · Report this
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I would so bone Jamie Chung.
Posted by meb on May 1, 2013 at 9:44 PM · Report this
lark 4
I recommend "Lilya 4-Ever" (2002) by Lukas Moodysson an extraordinary film on human trafficking made in Sweden. I doubt I'll see this one.
Posted by lark on May 2, 2013 at 8:46 AM · Report this

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