The Garden (1990) - Rotten Tomatoes

The Garden (1990)




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Director Derek Jarman takes the viewer for a walk around his own garden in rural England for this non-narrative film. Many of the scenes depict the Passion of Christ, but the sufferings are instead visited upon a gay couple. Jarman then assaults the senses with a series of images, including a campy version of the song Think Pink from Funny Face.

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Spencer Leigh
as Mary Magdalene--Adam
Jody Graber
as Young Boy
Roger Cook
as Christ
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Critic Reviews for The Garden

All Critics (7) | Top Critics (3)

Mr. Jarman's visual sense easily eclipses his conceptual talents. And The Garden has a burning, kaleidoscopic energy to compensate for the facile nature of some of its more unavoidable thoughts.

May 27, 2020 | Full Review…

Touching, intense, sometimes unexpectedly amusing, sometimes agonising, and always achingly sincere.

May 27, 2020 | Full Review…
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Derek Jarman's 1990 film isn't without hope that we can regrow a paradise.

May 28, 2019 | Rating: 3.5/4 | Full Review…

It's an anarchic montage of images, sounds, and dialogue that presents Jarman's final indictment of organized religion.

June 9, 2021 | Full Review…

The Garden is a film of many moods, alternately peaceful and disturbing, ethereal and familiar, but as with many of Jarman's films, it is also often frustratingly abstract, cryptically symbolic and resolutely self-referential.

May 27, 2020 | Full Review…

"The Garden" is spellbinding throughout. Shot on Super-8, 16mm, and video, the film is both raw and sensual. Pleasure comes as vivid images wash across the screen and the audience... [A] heady mix of sadness and fury.

July 19, 2019 | Full Review…

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