Head in the Clouds (2004)
Average Rating: 4.3/10
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Average Rating: 4.2/10
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A young Cambridge student gets involved with a budding photographer in the years before WWII. Their relationship gets severed as he heads to Spain to fight fascism. They are later reunited when she puts her life on the line to save him.
Sep 17, 2004 Limited
Jan 25, 2005
Sony Pictures Classics - Official Site
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The story becomes a long slog because Duigan doesn't define his characters and because he's determined to touch too many of the familiar '30s European bases.
The passion barely simmers, let alone rages, which may vex some viewers and will certainly confound the tabloids.
There's plenty of eye candy -- gorgeous scenery, gorgeous costumes, gorgeous people -- to keep the viewer from minding (too much) the Olympic leaps of faith required to invest in the film's plot.
Even as a potboiler, this melodrama is too silly and improbable to be enjoyed as trash
Tyrone Power would have more chemistry courting Deanna Durbin in a deep coma. Theron destroys all her Monster acting cred. Cruz squeaks like a hamster huffing helium.
Miscast leads and ersatz emotions leave the film's soundstagey period ambiance as its most comparable asset. A handsome misfire.
The film is emotionally distanced from its audience, too stoic and stuffy. You'd never guess a film with as much sex as this one could be so stodgy, but there you go.
This would-be wartime epic romance is so intent on setting a dream-like atmosphere that it fails to develop either the situation or characters in a convincing fashion.
Amid scenes of silk-sheet sexuality are gritty historical re-enactments and half-baked histrionics, but it plays as drab melodrama and unintentional comedy.
If this film is any indication of how Hollywood is looking at history, then the turbulent events of WWII are mostly about whom you were dating.
...a well-made, visually distinctive period piece that's nevertheless a complete bore almost from start to finish.
I couldn't help but feel that the movie's primary reason for existing is so its stars could wear some fantastic period costumes.
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