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The Galapagos Affair: Satan Came to Eden (2013)

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About a series of unsolved disappearances on the Galapagos Island of Floreana in the 1930s.
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A German couple moves to the Galapagos Islands during the 1930s, but tragically discover that life there is nothing like the paradise they sought.

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Cast overview, first billed only:
Cate Blanchett ... Dore Strauch (voice)
Sebastian Koch ... Heinz Wittmer (voice)
Thomas Kretschmann ... Friedrich Ritter (voice)
Diane Kruger ... Margret Wittmer (voice)
Connie Nielsen ... Baroness Von Wagner (voice)
Josh Radnor ... John Garth (voice)
Gustaf Skarsgård ... Rolf Blomberg (voice)
Octavio Latorre Octavio Latorre ... Himself - Interviewee
Fritz Hieber Fritz Hieber ... Himself - Interviewee
Steve Divine Steve Divine ... Himself - Interviewee
Teppy Angermeyer Teppy Angermeyer ... Himself - Interviewee
Jacqueline De Roy Jacqueline De Roy ... Herself - Interviewee
Gil De Roy Gil De Roy ... Himself - Interviewee
Carmen Angermeyer Carmen Angermeyer ... Herself - Interviewee
Jacob Lundh Jacob Lundh ... Himself - Interviewee
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Darwin meets Hitchcock in this feature-length documentary. THE GALAPAGOS AFFAIR is a gripping tale of idealistic dreams gone awry, set in the brutal yet alluring landscape of the Galapagos Islands. Featuring voice-over performances by Cate Blanchett, Diane Kruger, Connie Nielsen, Sebastian Koch, Thomas Kretschmann, Gustaf Skarsgard and Josh Radnor, this film skillfully interweaves an unsolved 1930s murder mystery with stories of present day Galapagos pioneers (a handful of Europeans, Americans and Ecuadoreans who settled idiosyncratically on the Islands between the 1930s and 1960s). As such, it is a parable about the search for paradise -- about what happens when a handful of individualists settle on the same small island seeking their own distinct and sometimes clashing notions of Eden. Written by Geller/Goldfine Productions

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English | Spanish

Release Date:

25 July 2014 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

Die Galapagos-Affäre - Satan kam nach Eden See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$5,185, 6 April 2014

Gross USA:

$247,159

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$247,159
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Connections

Features The Empress of Floreana (1934) See more »

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Tree of Life, Ashwattha
Written by David Balatishnan
Performed by Turtle Island Quartet, David Balarishnan, violin; Mark Summer, cello; Mads Tolling, violin; Jeremy Kittel, viola
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Fascinating, worth watching, but too long and poorly edited
5 October 2014 | by altereggo123See all my reviews

I have no regrets about seeing this unusual film. I don't think I've ever seen a documentary like it. The tale of a Nietzsche-inspired couple going off to live self-sufficiently on a tiny Galapagos island would be gripping enough. Add the other elements -- the "Baroness" who decides to settle on the island after them with her two lovers, and the bizarre and deadly events that ensue -- and it's really an amazing story.

Why, then, was the documentary so slow and, at times, dull? I think there were too many long, largely irrelevant interviews with people who lived on a nearby island. Their lives were quirky in their own way, but not that interesting, with little connection to the main story. I don't think it's bad to note that others lived on the Galapagos, but I don't think these interviews added much, and at times they were pure digressions. While not omitted entirely, they could have been cut dramatically.

This is a riveting true story, but only parts of the documentary are riveting.


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