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The Wayward Cloud (2005)

The Wayward Cloud



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The subjects of love, sex, and lust in modern-day Taiwan are given a surreal, kaleidoscopic treatment in Tsai Ming-Liang's experimental feature film. The Wayward Cloud contains no plot per se, but rather a succession of strange set pieces in which young lovers connect, disconnect, and attempt to find each other amidst a city water shortage. Consisting of nearly no dialogue, the film mixes the outrageous, the explicit, and the banal in a more radically experimental fashion than the director's previous efforts.more
Rating: Unrated
Genre: Drama, Musical & Performing Arts, Art House & International, Comedy, Special Interest
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Written By: Ming-liang Tsai
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On DVD: Jun 10, 2008
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All Critics (27) | Top Critics (6)

The film's meandering, surrealist-kissed, early scenes dance nicely in time with his urban protagonist's disconnected, existential malaise.

Full Review… | November 14, 2007
Time Out
Top Critic

The Wayward Cloud offers one plausible moral: If life hands you watermelons, make love to them.

February 23, 2007
New York Times
Top Critic

The Taiwanese sex musical The Way ward Cloud is notable for its bizarre uses of watermelons. I won't give you the details because my editor would just cut them out.

Full Review… | February 23, 2007
New York Post
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Tsai's emptied-out aesthetic has never felt so empty, his mannerisms so pointlessly mannered.

Full Review… | February 20, 2007
Village Voice
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A witty, insightful and typically idiosyncratic continuation of Tsai's earlier features.

Full Review… | February 9, 2006
Time Out
Top Critic

Juicy surrealist film.

Full Review… | June 23, 2008
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tsai ming-liang's harshest film. the last scene made me hate everyone

Stella Dallas

Super Reviewer

A porn stud romances a shy girl during a drought in Taiwan; four hallucinatory musical numbers describe the character's feelings. A very strange film mixing graphic sex, song and dance production numbers and almost no story development; give the filmmakers credit for trying something different, but it never jells and is dull most of the time. There are a few standout scenes (the opening watermelon sex scene), but like every shot in the movie they go on for far too long and end up diminishing their own impact.

Greg S

Super Reviewer


Wow this one is hard to rate.. It's one of the strangest movies I've seen in a long long time! But it's definitely worth watching. Nice camera work, and I liked the long and silent scenes. The sex sort of gets annoying after a while.
What can I tell you about the silly songs? I guess it works, they stay in your head (I'm not sure if you're going to be too thrilled about that), so in a sense you're the one who's providing the soundtrack for the movie :)
I can't wait to see it again!

Saskia D.

Super Reviewer

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