A modern interpretation of the Biblical tale, 'Eden' is just as haunting, if not as eminent.
Seven years have passed since Eugene O'Brien wowed audiences with his original stage play 'Eden' and now the big screen version aims to do the same.
Based on O'Brien's screenplay and helmed by Declan Recks, the film was originally made for TV but in a surprising turn of events, a popular response has now resulted in a cinema release.
'Eden' tells the story of young couple and parents of two Breda (Walsh) and Billy (Kelly), whose marriage is in crisis as they approach their 10th anniversary. What distinguishes it from numerous other relationship films is the Irish setting (an unknown Offaly town) and an original take on a tragically familiar tale.
However it is the performances that make this worth watching. Walsh's worthy Tribeca Film Festival win for her role as the long suffering wife is closely followed by Kelly's, who plays a much more sympathetic and subtle Billy than Don Wycherley's stage version.
Together they bring O'Brien's excellent characters to life in a drama that is closer in style to documentary, real people living out a real tragedy. The look of the modern yet timeless film resembles the RTÉ series 'Pure Mule' which Recks and O'Brien also worked on.
The biggest film flaw is a hangover from the stage version: O'Brien drags his feet setting up the plot which may work on stage but not on screen. The tone is heavy, the pace is slow and the result is a depressing film which would benefit from an injection of humour.
However, the more the marriage unravels, the tighter the plot becomes. Just when you think you should grab your jacket and run, O'Brien rewards with a beautiful plot twist