5.01.2005

Eden's Wake

Do you ever think that if Eve and Adam were placed in the Garden of Eden with other choices they would have paired up with another? Sarah Michelle Brown’s “Eden’s Wake” from 2 Times Visions (Pictures) destroys the concept of Adam and Eve through a mournful yet rebirthing vision.

Eve (Patrice Goodman) and Adam (Reuben Thompson) are introduced in a floating rose petal dream with opaque and vague atmospheres. Eve’s face is lit up with laughter, her springy, crazy hair attributing to the excitement of the mood. Adam and Eve’s fingers are intertwined; it seems that the couple will remain forever together, but Adam strays and Eve is heart-broken.

Goodman does a wonderful job portraying a joyous Eve, but when devastating Eve takes over, she tends to overdo the distaste of the situation. Her crying is overdramatic at times, and the film slows down significantly to a drag when Brown focuses on her sorrow. Thompson is also distraught with his own acts, but it’s confusing that he chooses to be with the other woman in his time of pain.

Brown has chosen a typical story-line, but has portrayed it with artistry and grace. Her symbolism of pairs reinforces Eve’s beliefs of her everlasting love. She utilizes bright, playful lighting to portray the fantasy world and dull, realistic lighting to portray the sudden reality. She is masterful at expressing Eve’s false vision of her relationship. Brown appears to be displaying a realistic interpretation of love’s faults, but her ending denies cynicism; Eve regains her independence, recognizing herself as one.

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