Gregor (Josef Ostendorf), a world-class chef specializing in "erotic dishes," wears his epicurean lust on his waistline but finds himself starved for companionship; that is, until he meets Eden (Charlotte Roche), a waitress at a German resort. Beautiful and charming as she may be, the portly chef soon discovers that his love interest is married and has a developmentally disabled daughter. After several awkward missteps, Gregor and Eden embark on a relationship that transcends the needs of human flesh. Gregor loves to cook and Eden loves to eat, so he prepares sumptuous meals of fine meats and orgasmic chocolates, all of which awaken Eden's spirit. Michael Hofmann's gentle tale of gastronomy's many pleasures is a love story at heart. Eden's husband, an aerobics instructor for pensioners, is not keen on Gregor and Eden's simmering intimacy, despite the fact that Gregor's repasts have energized the couple's lovemaking and also enhanced their daughter's IQ level. The emotional back-and-forth in each character builds, creating a recipe for stirred emotions. At once heartbreaking, uplifting, and just plain delicious, Eden illustrates that we are not what we eat, but how we eat. It is hard to believe that some of the most sublime culinary pleasures can wreak havoc on the body. The spark of human emotions is no different. Eden is a paradise of sorts for Gregor, but her complexities consume him. To strike the balance between what dances on the tongue and what ignites the spirit is rare. In Eden, it is well done.
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Eden is a film about the power of love. It is set in a small resort town in the Black Forest, a place which has seen better days. The woman's hair and clothes are far from fashionable, even frumpy; her marriage is dead. The man is fat and asexual, but he is a genius in the kitchen. The woman's name is Eden, and fittingly, her smile is a touch of heaven. The chef falls in love with this smile and is inspired to culinary creations that are equally heavenly. Transformed by the his culinary creations, Eden's marriage blossoms. She and Gregor meet regularly; they eat together, sit in comfortable silence, talk a little, and eat some more. One time Eden lets Gregor hold her hand, but that's as far as the physical relationship goes. Though nothing ever happens between them, it is enough to destroy the lives of everyone involved - and even literally cost someone their life. Eden is a film about the power of love.