The Galapagos Affair: Satan Came To Eden
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The Galapagos Affair: Satan Came To Eden
Darwin meets Hitchcock in this true-crime tale of paradise found and lost. The Galapagos Affair is a fascinating documentary portrait of a 1930s murder mystery as strange and alluring as the famous archipelago itself. Fleeing conventional society, a Berlin doctor and his mistress start a new life on uninhabited Floreana Island. But after the international press sensationalizes the exploits of the Galapagos' "Adam and Eve," others flock there - including a self-styled Swiss Family Robinson and a gun-toting Viennese Baroness and her two lovers. Clashing personalities are aggravated… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 82%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"The mysteries are fascinating, all the more so because they are still unsolved."
‑ Bill Goodykoontz, Arizona Republic
"The film feels less like a whodunit than a "why didn't they do it sooner?""
‑ Colin Covert, Minneapolis Star Tribune
"In this gripping true-crime story, an absurdist stew of petty tensions and quasi-Nietzschean dynamics rip apart the tiny colony of Europeans who settled one of the Galapagos islands in the '30s."
‑ Chris Barsanti, PopMatters
"To make a thrilling documentary about the past, you need dead people who were honest or creative in ways you can exploit. This extraordinary film, which deconstructs a murder mystery from the Thirties, has such people in spades."
‑ Charlotte O'Sullivan, This is London
"Could do with a brisker edit, but the bizarre, exotic nature of the subject matter is wholly riveting and confidently staged."
‑ Adam Lee Davies, Little White Lies
"A dazzling documentary about an unsolved murder in an ad hoc community in the Galapagos islands in 1934."
‑ Tirdad Derakhshani, Philadelphia Inquirer
"Though the pace occasionally flags during its two-hour running time, "The Galapagos Affair" is a fascinating look at a place of great beauty and remoteness, and at the kind of people drawn to live there."
‑ Moira MacDonald, Seattle Times
"holds the viewer and compels him"
‑ Mark R. Leeper, Mark Leeper's Reviews
"It's like an Agatha Christie plot."
‑ David Parkinson, Radio Times
"Its unhurried pace and inability to wring tension from the conflicting accounts ensures that though it fascinates, the film never fully enthrals."
‑ Curtis Woloschuk, Total Film
""The Galapagos Affair" spins a strange and compelling tale, with perfectly sinister music by Laura Karpman setting the mood. But the movie is better at building suspense than following through."
‑ Stephanie Merry, Washington Post
"Move over, Charles Darwin, when it comes to great tales about the Galapagos, you've got company."
‑ Kenneth Turan, Los Angeles Times
"The wealth of letters and journals, read by a strong cast that includes Diane Kruger and Connie Nielsen, provides an instant emotional charge."
‑ Ryan Gilbey, New Statesman
"Quite a few pounds of fat could have been cut from this film, but it's a remarkable tale."
‑ Peter Bradshaw, Guardian
"The story at the center of The Galapagos Affair is fascinating and historically resonant, and Goldfine and Geller tell it well."
‑ Daniel Walber, Nonfics
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