Martin Eden

Martin Eden

Martin Eden

Loosely adapting Jack London's 1909 novel of the same name, this Italian-French historical romance drama following a love-struck sailor who pursues his dreams of becoming a writer. The journey he paves, however, puts him at odds with his new love.

"Initially a sailor, Martin Eden is inspired to educate, elevate, and remake himself as a writer following a chance encounter and romantic infatuation with the sophisticated, higher-class Elena (a luminous Jessica Cressy). As Martin develops and intensely pursues his new-found obsessions, both literary and social, he betrays those around him, denies his class consciousness, and rejects his humble origins, which gnaw at him from within." (Toronto International Film Festival)

2019125 minsItaly, France, GermanyItalian, Neapolitan and French with English subtitles
DramaRomanceHistoricalWorld CinemaFestival & Independent
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Slant Magazine

Slant Magazine

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Pietro Marcello’s film works better as a story of self-loathing and self-destruction than it does as a social critique or political statement.

Screen Daily

Screen Daily

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Marcello and his committed, compelling lead actor Luca Marinelli deliver an always watchable take on the hoary old story of the struggling artist that is more interesting in its shape-shifting style and texture than in its rather conventional dramatic core.

IndieWire

IndieWire

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This spry yet increasingly bitter romantic drama is so vague and un-targeted that its social critiques feel less defined than ever. The anger is palpable, but its targets are hard to pinpoint.

Variety

Variety

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The outcome is an unwieldy intellectual sprawl whose incontestable visual pleasures (much like Marcello’s “Lost and Beautiful”) distract from the shallow characterizations. ... The overarching impression is of a film too much in thrall to theory.

Hollywood Reporter

Hollywood Reporter

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Marcello never quite manages to shoehorn in both more than a century’s worth of European struggles and sociopolitical thinking and the full story of Eden’s downfall after he’s finally become successful. Indeed, these weighty concerns capsize the entire enterprise in the final stretch, where the story runs aground on an iceberg of undigested ideas, barely developed themes and bad hair choices.

Slant Magazine

Slant Magazine

press

Pietro Marcello’s film works better as a story of self-loathing and self-destruction than it does as a social critique or political statement.

Screen Daily

Screen Daily

press

Marcello and his committed, compelling lead actor Luca Marinelli deliver an always watchable take on the hoary old story of the struggling artist that is more interesting in its shape-shifting style and texture than in its rather conventional dramatic core.

IndieWire

IndieWire

press

This spry yet increasingly bitter romantic drama is so vague and un-targeted that its social critiques feel less defined than ever. The anger is palpable, but its targets are hard to pinpoint.

Variety

Variety

press

The outcome is an unwieldy intellectual sprawl whose incontestable visual pleasures (much like Marcello’s “Lost and Beautiful”) distract from the shallow characterizations. ... The overarching impression is of a film too much in thrall to theory.

Hollywood Reporter

Hollywood Reporter

press

Marcello never quite manages to shoehorn in both more than a century’s worth of European struggles and sociopolitical thinking and the full story of Eden’s downfall after he’s finally become successful. Indeed, these weighty concerns capsize the entire enterprise in the final stretch, where the story runs aground on an iceberg of undigested ideas, barely developed themes and bad hair choices.

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