A French-Czechoslovak co-production, Eden and After places Last Year at Marienbad scriptwriter Robbe-Grillet’s fascination with psychological games (and extreme S&M fantasias) front and center in the narrative. The Eden of the title is a social club where Violette (Catherine Jourdan) and a group of well-to-do French students endeavor to relieve their ennui with a series of entertainments that grow more and more extreme, their brinksmanship only interrupted by the arrival of an outsider, Duchemin (Pierre Zimmer), who introduces them to “fear powder”—a substance that may or may not explain the downright hallucinatory turn of the film’s final act, preceding its full-circle conclusion. A work of noose-tight construction, foreboding, surreal, and brimming with blighted sensuality.

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