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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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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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25 July 2014 (UK) See more »

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

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Opening Weekend USA:

$5,185, 6 April 2014

Gross USA:

$247,159

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$247,159
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Performed by Turtle Island Quartet, David Balarishnan, violin; Mark Summer, cello; Mads Tolling, violin; Jeremy Kittel, viola
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If Paradise is only in one's head can it ever truly be found?
16 September 2014 | by twilliams76See all my reviews

An almost stranger-than-fiction tale of paradise found and paradise lost is recounted in the documentary The Galapagos Affair: Satan Came to Eden, a true-crime mystery that unfolded in the remote islands off the South American coast during the 1930s that remains unsolved to this day.

Tiring of conventional life in Germany, a doctor and his sickly mistress retreat from civilization and head to the furthest reaches of the earth -- the unsettled islands of the nature-filled Galapagos Islands. A family of three soon joins them on the island and tensions begin to build as each have contrasting opinions of what the isle should be like. Things change even more when a beguiling baroness and her two lovers arrive on the island hoping to scout out a location for a fancy hotel.

Things happen. Bad things.

Told through narration by the reading of the actual people's journals and diary entries of their time on the island, the visuals of the film are as equally fascinating as a surprising amount of actual video footage was recorded of the various adventurers. It is as if it was all meant to happen ... so we'd be intrigued anew 80 years later! This little story has remarkably remained secret over the decades ... I'm surprised Hollywood has not tried to adapt this into a jaw-dropping suspense thriller as nobody on the island knew what to think of any of the others once mysterious things started to happen. What did happen? I watched the documentary and am still unsure. It is a perfect mystery ... or it is a perfect hoax.

The film is intriguing and made me think of Agatha Christie's 'And Then There Were None'. I wish there was more to know ... but there isn't. It is an eternal mystery ...

"A closed mouth admits no flies."


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