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Beyond The Clouds (Al di là delle nuvole) (1995)

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Average Rating: 6.8/10
Critic Reviews: 5
Fresh: 4 | Rotten: 1

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A mosaic of four stories about love and desire tied together by the story of a filmmaker who observes the relationships of young couples. The first episode, "Chronicle of a Love That Never Was," follows a young traveler to Ferrara who falls in love with a woman he meets, but falls asleep in his room and leaves her waiting in vain. Two years later they meet again, but he chooses to leave rather than consummate his desire for his ideal love. The second episode, "The Girl, the Crime," has the

Aug 22, 2000

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It makes for entrancing cinema.

February 9, 2006 Full Review Source: Time Out
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There are moments of such astounding visual power in Michelangelo Antonioni's film Beyond the Clouds that you are all but transported through the screen to a place where the physical and emotional weather fuse into a palpable sadness.

November 19, 2002 Full Review Source: New York Times | Comment (1)
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There are a lot of beautiful things in Beyond the Clouds: the style, the settings, the bodies of young men and women-many of them beautiful in the vaguely blank way that models are.

November 19, 2002 Full Review Source: Chicago Reader
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It's [the] compelling sense of mystery, of the endless search and its undercurrent of loneliness, that sets this great filmmaker apart.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: San Francisco Chronicle
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Antonioni's dreamy, pretentious fickle-finger-of-fate mini-tales struggle to wrestle with love and desire, but truck in adolescent ideas and delight in nothing so much as undressing their many young actresses.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: Village Voice
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Though not vintage Antonioni, this later work (supervised by Wim Wenders), a meditation on eros, love, and desire, features some of the most beautiful actresses working today: Fanny Ardant, Irene Jacob, and Sophie Marceau.

July 31, 2007 Full Review Source: EmanuelLevy.Com
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Antonioni seems to be using his absence from the scene as an opportunity to restate his vision, perhaps having a new generation of filmgoers in mind.

March 1, 2007 Full Review Source: Film Journal International
Film Journal International

One of Fanny Ardant's lines sums up the rest of Beyond the Clouds: 'Everything seems ridiculous.'

August 29, 2006 Full Review Source: TV Guide's Movie Guide
TV Guide's Movie Guide

Delightful recent film showing Antonioni's visual style.

August 22, 2006 Full Review Source: Classic Film and Television
Classic Film and Television

We find we're lucky enough if we can just get one story out of this two-hour ordeal, which wanders aimlessly in art-house hell as often as it enchants.

March 13, 2005 Full Review Source: Filmcritic.com
Filmcritic.com

A bit dreamy, but in the way that leads to a doze.

July 10, 2003
eFilmCritic.com

Everybody likes a pretty face, but when it comes right down to the nitty-gritty, Beyond the Clouds lacks substance.

November 19, 2002 Full Review Source: Apollo Guide
Apollo Guide

Musing on the power of inner thought and imagination, the film is far from deep, but instead feels superficial and one-dimensional.

November 19, 2002 Full Review Source: Boxoffice Magazine
Boxoffice Magazine

See this film. It may be Antonioni's last.

November 19, 2002 Full Review Source: San Diego Metropolitan
San Diego Metropolitan

Beyond the Clouds is a magnificent coda to a career spent excavating images and probing the silences that exist between people.

November 19, 2002 Full Review Source: Austin Chronicle
Austin Chronicle

While famous for crafting films about incommunicability and alienation, Antonioni here delivers one that simply communicates nothing at all.

August 30, 2002 Full Review Source: Entertainment Today
Entertainment Today

A wasted opportunity.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: Empire Magazine
Empire Magazine

A slightly erotic and decidedly offbeat movie, Beyond the Clouds has a strong attraction that is hard to put into words. A frustrating film, it is simultaneously bizarrely fascinating and soporifically unsatisfying.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: Internet Reviews
Internet Reviews

It is in the enigma of what it is the lovers want or why they are compelled to want certain things that makes this a fascinating film.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: Ozus' World Movie Reviews
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

The moments that work in this movie (and there are many) remind us that most other films of today still have a long way to go.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: Combustible Celluloid
Combustible Celluloid

Audience Reviews for Beyond The Clouds (Al di là delle nuvole)

At best, "Beyond the Clouds" is a multi-angled look at the delicacy of romance. At worst, it's like Antonioni channeling Zalman King. Just another made-for-cable softcore flick. The corny use of mood music -- including poor Van Morrison -- doesn't help, and is truly appalling at times.

In what may be his most embarrassing role since "Making Mr. Right," John Malkovich plays an American director wandering the rustic streets of Italy, seeking inspiration for his next film. He doesn't have many lines, and mostly just looks vacantly inquiring. This simple premise provides the framework for observing various romantic vignettes -- five central ones, plus a short, sentimental scene with old pros Marcello Mastroianni and Jeanne Moreau. Typically for Antonioni, none of the segments except the last one (starring Irene Jacob as a pious woman being pursued by an oily suitor) have any real payoff. The stories just drift into view, then fade away again. Peter Weller and Jean Reno add further star charisma, but not much else.

In this artificial world, sexual chemistry between strangers is a given, mainly based on heavy breathing, solemn walks, ponderous gazes and stilted philosophical musings such as "Voices never become part of you like other sounds" and "It's strange -- we always want to live in someone's imagination." Otherwise, the motivations for hopping into bed can be hard to understand, particularly in the case of world-class beauty Sophie Marceau being immediately drawn to pale, wormy Malkovich. Marceau's sequence is the lamest of all, but its gratuitous nudity will please...well, just about anyone who enjoys looking at naked women. In particular, there is one needless, lingering shot of a full-frontal Marceau which is pure cheesecake. Thank you, Signore Antonioni!

At least two other slim beauties parade their physical charms, but it's minor compensation. Arguably, the film's best (and most "Antonioni-esque") moment is a solitary scene with Malkovich reflecting at an overcast beach, where ocean waves and wind-swept sand magically blend into one eerie landscape. Gorgeous.

Eventually, Malkovich's character wraps up the action by noting "The director's profession is a very particular one." It's hard to think of a movie with a worse final tag line.
May 18, 2010
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