The Garden (1990)

1h 32min
Age rating


Tilda Swinton
Madonna/Voice Overs
Spencer Leigh
Mary Magdalene / Adam
Jody Graber
Young Boy
Dawn Archibald
Nature Spirit
Milo Bell
Cast Member
Vernon Dobtcheff
Old Man at Sauna
Michael Gough
Voice Overs/Old Man at Sauna
Jack Birkett
Pontius (Orlando)
Leslie Randall
Old Man at Sauna
Mike Tezcan
Stephen McBride
Narrator (voice)


A nearly wordless visual narrative intercuts two main stories and a couple of minor ones. A woman, perhaps the Madonna, brings forth her baby to a crowd of intrusive paparazzi; she tries to flee them. Two men who are lovers marry and are arrested by the powers that be. The men are mocked and pilloried, tarred, feathered, and beaten. Loose in this contemporary world of electrical-power transmission lines is also Jesus. The elements, particularly fire and water, content with political power, which is intolerant and murderous.

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