The novelist, Ernest Hemingway, died in 1961. So the fact that he had a book published in 1986 called, “The Garden of Eden” is pretty impressive. The book, and the movie on which it is based, tells the story of a David (Jack Huston) and Catherine (Mena Suvari) who after a 6-week whirlwind romance get married shortly after World War I and spend their honeymoon traveling to places like Madrid and Cannes and along the way meet a young woman, Marita (Caterina Murino) with whom they BOTH fall in love with.
The movie explores many things, including gender roles. Catherine is an eccentric and often likes to think of herself as the man in her relationship with David. She is the one who picks up Marita, instructs David to kiss her and then makes David get the same hair dye job that she gets. She also fancies herself to be a bit evil and David often calls her “devil”, but says it with affection. “How are you feeling, Devil?” David will ask. “Devilish” Catherine would reply with a large grin on her face.