MOMENTS | Mash-up: Mia Hansen-Løve’s Film Eden x ’90s x The French Touch
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Eden is award-winning French filmmaker Mia Hansen-Løve’s exploration of the origins and rise of “French Touch”—the garage style of house music that would define the ‘90s counterculture scene. The film is also a largely autobiographical piece about Løve’s older brother Sven Hansen-Løve, DJ and one of the pioneers of the French touch. As such, Eden is as a coming-of-age story for its protagonist Paul and his inner circle of friends, of which include his eventual collaborator Stan and most notably, Thomas and Guy-Man (Daft Punk before Daft Punk).
Because the film follows Paul’s life, it becomes a proxy for the French house scene in the ‘90s and the early aughts—the transition from counterculture to mainstream corporate sponsorship. The film looks at what is means to stay in an ever-changing industry that only rewards constant innovation and demands more than just passion. The success but eventual stagnation of Paul and Stan’s duo Cheers is juxtaposed by Daft Punk’s success. Thomas and Guy-Man redefined the French house scene when they debuted 1996’s “Da Funk,” their T. Rex-meets-Kraftwerk single that also invokes elements west coast G-funk.
Eden played at the Sundance Film Festival last week and should see a wide release in the US this spring.
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