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Head in the Clouds

2006-03-30 13:01
 

"Head in the Clouds" is an over-the-top emotional outing that spans two decades and over two hours of screen time. Golden girl Charlize Theron puts her heart and soul into her character and even though the movie contains endearing moments, it falls short of a believable drama.

The Film is set in 1930s and stars real-life couple Charlize Theron and Stuart Townsend as lovers Gilda and Guy. The movie begins with Gilda being told by a fortune-teller that she will die at the age of 34, which leaves you wondering at this point when her fate will catch up to her.

The lovers first meet when Gilda stumbles into Guy's Cambridge dorm room and soon the Irish-born son of a policeman is totally infatuated with the flamboyant daughter of an American socialite and a French Count.

Charlize's on screen sex appeal recalls Greta Garbo and Marlene Dietrich and Guy cannot be blamed for falling head-over-heels in love with her. Even when she leaves town and ends up in Paris, her first request to see Guy results in him racing to her side even though she is involved with another man.

The story becomes interesting when Guy moves in with Gilda and her lover Mia (Penelope Cruz). Mia is a native of Spain, who had dreams of becoming a dancer but who crippled her leg while trying to save her brother in her war torn country.

Mia works as a nurse/part-time model but soon she and Guy decide to go off to fight in the Spanish Civil War. Gilda is mortified because it goes against her hedonistic view on life. At first she refuses to read their letters but when she eventually does, she finds out that Mia has been killed.

When Guy returns to Paris, Gilda ignores him and he returns to England. It is another six years before he returns, this time as a British spy. Gilda has shacked up with a Nazi officer (Thomas Kretschmann) and is embroiled in the resistance against Germany's occupation of France. Guy finds out that Gilda has a history with the British intelligence and that she was never what she appeared to be.

The film is not terrible but lacks interesting dialogue, which make the characters seem hollow which ensures that viewers will soon be totally bored. Though it has some redeeming features such as nifty set design, impressive costumes and an interesting storyline the movie is ultimately forgettable.

- Lamese Abrahams


Charlize Theron puts her heart and soul into this over-the-top emotional epic but the end result still fails to satisfy.

LIZELLE 2005/04/14 11:34 AM
MRS EXELLENT
thomas 2005/04/14 9:56 PM
bRILLIANT! BRILLIANT! LOVE IT!
willette 2005/04/19 9:12 PM
head in the clouds Type your review here Ive seen it today and i enjoyed it, except for the end I hated it, no love story ends like that. yes why not, i was not bored
COBUS 2005/04/20 5:21 PM
NOT BAD AT ALL CHARLISE AND PENELOPE GAVE GOOD PERFORMANCES BUT THE SUPPORTING CAST DIDN'T ALWAYS MEASURE UP. THE PLOT WAS GOOD; JUST APITTY ABOUT THE SAD ENDING. I'D RECOMMEND THIS ONE
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