Eden (1996)

Genres - Drama, Romance  |   Sub-Genres - Medical Drama, Period Film, Romantic Drama  |   Run Time - 120 min.  |   Countries - USA  |   MPAA Rating - R
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Set in the mid 1960s, this drama follows the difficult relationship between a woman afflicted with multiple sclerosis, her husband -- a prep school teacher -- and one of his students. The story begins as Helen dreams of flying and reaching for something she cannot quite see. She is married to Bill, a loving but rather stern fellow. When not coping with her illness and trying to raise their two children, Helen tutors a student, the idealistic Dave, who though intelligent, does not work hard in school. Dave is secretly infatuated with Helen and dislikes her husband both as a teacher and romantic rival. Meanwhile, Helen continues to feel herself leaving her body at night. This feeling persists until she falls into a coma. Meanwhile Bill and Dave clash over her, not realizing that while her body is inert, her mind and spirit are very much aware of their struggle.

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coma, disease, handicap, husband, infatuation, love, love-triangle, multiple-sclerosis, rival, student, teacher