Made of four short tales, linked by a story filmed by Wim Wenders. Taking place in Ferrara, Portofino, Aix en Provence and Paris, each story, which always a woman as the crux of the story, invites to an inner travel…
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**1/2. Yes, it's beautifully lighted and filmed. Yes, Beyond the Clouds's actresses are charming, dressed and undressed. Yes, the locations are exquisite. No, I didn't grasp all that was uttered by John Malkovich. No, I'm not sure I understood the words I heard. Yes, it's a film about unquenched desires and inability to understand, No, I'm not a character of a Michelangelo Antonioni movie. Almost already forgotten.
This is only for Antonioni diehards- don't bother if you're not already a fan but that isn't to say it doesn't have a lot of beautiful moments that recall his earlier films while not being too nostalgic either. Malkovich is so good in the typical Antonioni moments of silence that you wish he'd been born in a different era where he could have done more films like this instead of playing villains in action flicks.
so, i watched this without subtitles and i was struggling to understand most of the italian - but the shots and the architecture of the screen were so beautiful. That scene with the swing and the sandstorm really got to me.
Surprisingly good, I refused to watch this for quite a while after reading some of the reviews which stated that the film was very poor. Nicely shot and quite poetic in places, a nice examination of love and life. The beach scene with Malkovich was deeply haunting, I won't forget that.
To fully appreciate this great work of art, you really need to see in on the big screen; Antonioni is an architect and television size imagery doesn't convey the nuance. I saw Beyond The Clouds when it premiered in Los Angeles in 1995 and got to meet Antonioni in person. An experience of a lifetime. Take the moments when you can because they'll be gone in the blink of an eye, beyond the clouds.