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Head in the Clouds (2004)

Charlize Theron , Stuart Townsend , John Duigan  |  R |  DVD
3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (51 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Charlize Theron, Stuart Townsend, Penélope Cruz, Thomas Kretschmann, Steven Berkoff
  • Directors: John Duigan
  • Writers: John Duigan
  • Producers: Alain Pancrazi, André Rouleau, Bertil Ohlsson, James Simpson, Jason Piette
  • Format: Multiple Formats, AC-3, Closed-captioned, Color, Dolby, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 1 encoding (US and Canada only)
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  • Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: R (Restricted)
  • Studio: Sony Pictures Home Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: January 25, 2005
  • Run Time: 132 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (51 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0006J27WO
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #65,036 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
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Academy Award(r)-winner Charlize Theron (Best Actress, Monster, 2003), Penélope Cruz (Vanilla Sky) and Stuart Townsend (The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen) star in this sweeping romantic saga of passion, betrayal and redemption. War clouds may be gathering over Europe, but Gilda (Theron) still chooses to live her life solely for pleasure. A restless free spirit, she has traveled the world in search of passion and excitement only to find it in a romantic ménage à trois with Guy (Townsend) andMia (Cruz), two friends with whom she shares an apartment in Paris. But when desire turns to guiltand both her lovers leave to fight in the Spanish Civil War, an abandoned Gilda vows never to see them again. Six years later, with liberation just days away, Guy returns to occupied Paris as a British spy, only to discover Gilda's the priveleged mistress of a German officer. Dismayed, Guy is nowforced to make the most difficult decision of his life: to let Gilda suffer a traitor's fate or rescu

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21 of 24 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Three nationalities, three twists of fate! November 8, 2005
Paris, the always shining beacon of the world, is the frame of this interesting and painful portrait around the lives and times of three outlaw human beings: the most liberal of all of them, the authentic center of gravity of manners, tastes and behavior: Charlize Theron plays Gilda, the irreverence made woman, who has given shelter to a nurse - Penelope Cruz - and has allowed her to go ahead with her bliss and dreams. Both of them lives the convulsed and fabulous thirties, where the Charleston and jazz sounds were emerging with particular emphasis. Her brief stage in Cambridge, allows her to meet a very special man, who eventually will become the love of her life.

This unlimited happiness will be interrupted by the war, attending the call of the conscious, curiously. She as a nurse and he, as sensible human being feel that their happy state of life is not in harmony with a bleeding world; in the neighbor country Spain: The Civil War is a very hard reality to ignore it. That fact will break this curious triangle and both of them will become protagonists of this drama.

Charlize is absolutely devastated in this sense, but this emotional crossroad, this existential dilemma will transform her, leaving behind all the selfishness and she will do her best, according her possibilities to contribute the cause against the world of shadows.

A convincing script with certain narrative pauses, but with enough rhythmic pulse to arrive to a crude but satisfactory conclusion. Charlize Theron was marvelous and credible. Her kaleidoscopic beauty allows her to combine several behaviors: as femme fatale, alluring lover and elusively enigmatic character.

Filmed with a visible inspirational European flavor, that reminded me to Claude Sautet.
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33 of 40 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful: A work of poetry June 2, 2005
I've read the negative reviews on this film, which convinces me that film critics are so used to the garbage of cheap sex and violence that they can't recognize a diamond in the rust if they tried.

"Head in the Clouds" kept me there every second of the way. Maybe that's because I have the sensibilities of a poet and I'm a philosophy teacher. Maybe this film will not appeal to morons, but it will appeal to intellectuals and artists. So, yes, it's not for everyone. One has to have a degree of intelligence and the passions of a poet to see the value of this film.

As for Stuart Townsend and Charlize Theron, I thought Stuart Townsend MADE this film come to life. He was brilliant! And absolutely convincing in every single second of this film. And Theron was equally captivating.

Let's remember, folks, the critics dumped on "Doctor Zhivago". Now they look like the fools that they are -- because everyone knows it's a work of genius and a classic. Maybe "Head in the Clouds" isn't quite Zhivago, but it deserves praise and certainly does NOT deserve to be judged by swine and morons.
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5.0 out of 5 stars WOW April 10, 2006
I love love love this movie. I found it for $2.50 at Dollar General and I feel like going back there and paying more. It has everything from War, Love, Sex, & Death, what more could an Indie girl ask for? This is such an Oscar worthy movie. If I, a 17 year old, can appreciate a movie like this then I believe everyone can. I can't give this movie enough praise.
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5.0 out of 5 stars I really liked this movie June 7, 2005
And I can't believe how many negative reviews I'm reading here. There have been occasions when I put on a movie that it's just not the right time. Meaning I've watched movies that didn't immediately draw me in, that I couldn't bring myself to care about the characters or the story. At this point I usually turn it off. But then, the right time will come and the same movie is involving. Why do you think this is? Because it depends where we "are" (and maybe who we are with) when we sit to view. If we are bored and banal or just plain too tired, then we probably don't need to watch this kind of slow-moving, story telling drama. You probably need something more in-your-face, grab you by the ballocks, action-packed drama or a comedy. This movie is perfectly cast. Stuart Townsend is just right in his part. Why would you want a more aggressive, dominant personality? Then it would be his story or his and her story and it's focus is really on Gilda. This movie is for the romantic in all of us.
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3.0 out of 5 stars The Party's Over November 25, 2005
"Head in the Clouds" is Charlize Theron's during World War II. While her male and female lovers (Stuart Townsend, Penelope Cruz) fret about fascism in Spain and the collapse of The Third Republic, Charlize lives for the pleasures she savors. As Europe is overtaken by war, Theron adapts to whatever will keep her in cafe society, which in occupied Paris means sleeping with Nazis. Her lovers decamp for Spain to fight Franco and Theron moves in with a kindly torturer. Her English lover returns as a resistance fighter and time runs out for our darling dilettante.

Period music, locations, costumes and sets are all lovingly recreated. That can't be said for the script. The actors are beautiful until they start to speak. Cruz is the only one who conveys any depth or conviction. This movie, if you can't tell by now, ends badly for everyone. Crucial information is withheld to provide a surprise ending that fails to deliver. The good intentions of "Head in the Clouds" make its failures more noticeable. You want to like this movie but its surfaces won't let you.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Head in the Clouds
It was a take of off a Hemmingway novel of World War II. Characters were ok but a little lack luster
Published 18 days ago by Dee White
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Good shipping and good standard DVD quality
Published 2 months ago by Steve Kur
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
very good movie
Published 3 months ago by Mike Ognibene
5.0 out of 5 stars Head in the Clouds
I Love Penelope Cruz and Charlize Theron together they played an excellent role! Friends and Lovers! Then Charlize Theron: it was sad she refused to commit to Guy! Read more
Published 4 months ago by Joanna Peavler
3.0 out of 5 stars the name says it all!!
this movie is about two women with seprate lives,
they both live throught the serive back during the war,
if you like a history lessen,. you will love this
Published 5 months ago by sefriendlyguy
5.0 out of 5 stars Where Has This Been?
OMG! This was truly a pleasant surprise. I love finding these hidden gems. It may not be for everyone, but in my opinion, it's at least worth the cost of a rental.
Published 5 months ago by RII
3.0 out of 5 stars So so...
Charlize Theron can play literally any part, and play it well. This movie is no exception. Wouldn't recommend buying it, but it's worth renting.
Published 6 months ago by Hannah
5.0 out of 5 stars Classic Movie
It is a good movie watch see how people look at people that help the Nazi back in World War 2 and it is funny that people credit Cruz with a lesbian scene that far from it doesn't... Read more
Published 9 months ago by hopper drake
2.0 out of 5 stars Predictable Hollywood version
In the clouds is not where her head is. Some good acting and great cinematography, but shallow anti-Nazi hatred is not enough to carry the plot.
Published 14 months ago by David R. Spharler
4.0 out of 5 stars Charlize and and the beast?
interesting lil flick...once again any chance to see Charlize naked with the bonus of her and Penelope Cruz making a perve. Read more
Published 17 months ago by Shelby Moseley
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