The Galapagos Affair: Satan Came to Eden 2.0 stars

True-life unsolved mystery, set in the early ‘30s, about a young German doctor and his mistress who turned their backs on civilization to find the meaning of life on an uninhabited island. But his writing draws attention to their remote corner of the globe, and before long, paradise becomes the same societal jungle they fled in the first place. The writing-directing team of Daniel Geller and Dayna Goldfine were handed enough archival footage to produce an intriguing 80-minute melodramatic biodocumystery. Intrusive subplots, most notably present-day interviews with islanders that spark superficial cultural corollaries, were best left for the Blu-ray extras. If the point is to make paradise look like hell on earth, why the reliance on lush travelogue footage and cutaways to the island's celebrated dolphins and turtles? Cate Blanchett, Sebastian Koch, Thomas Kretschmann, and Diane Kruger, give voice to the couples’ diary entries. 2013.

Scott Marks

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