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by Declan Recks


In a small provincial town, Billy and Breda are approaching their 10th wedding anniversary. With two young children, their married life has disintegrated into a stale monotony, and the distance between them seems to grow by the day. He spends his time with the lads at the local pub, leaving Breda home watching television with the children. Billy clings to booze, his past glory (he was branded a local hero when he rescued a child from drowning in a river), and sexual fantasies about a younger woman. Breda, rather, holds onto an inkling of optimism for the future, believing the big anniversary will be the perfect chance to fix their dire situation. But as the date approaches, the reality of Billy and Breda's different needs and desires is slowly uncovered-to each other and to themselves.

international title: Eden
original title: Eden
country: Ireland
year: 2008
genre: fiction
directed by: Declan Recks
film run: 84'
screenplay: Eugene O’Brien
cast: Aidan Kelly, Eileen Walsh, Padraic Delaney, Enda Oates, Lesley Conroy, Karl Shiels
cinematography by: Owen McPolin
film editing: Gareth Young
art director: John Hand
producer: David Collins
production: Samson Films
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