After a long, three-year wait, the cinematic adaptation of Ernest Hemingway's posthumous novel, 'The Garden of Eden' -- now listed as 'Hemingway's Garden of Eden' -- is getting a limited release this Friday. After coming together in 2007, the film screened at an Italian festival in 2008 and abruptly disappeared from sight. There were no further festival visits, no release dates, no word at all until it finally grabbed a solid date this year.
Though this can, and does, speak to the quality of the film, it also reflects Hemingway's own struggles with the material. Written over the last fifteen years of the writer's life, it remained unfinished and unique, littered with classic Papa themes while also challenging them. At its heart, it's the story of gender bending power that doesn't quite know how to express itself in 1920s Europe, nor now on the modern screen.