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Wolke Neun (Cloud 9) (2008)

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Average Rating: 7/10
Reviews Counted: 39
Fresh: 35 | Rotten: 4

A raw, intimate and emotional insight into romance for the superannuated featuring taboo-breaking insight into the sex-lives of the over 60s.

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Average Rating: 6.8/10
Critic Reviews: 11
Fresh: 9 | Rotten: 2

A raw, intimate and emotional insight into romance for the superannuated featuring taboo-breaking insight into the sex-lives of the over 60s.

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Average Rating: 3.3/5
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A woman has to decide if she wants to stay with her husband after three decades together in this drama with a comic undertow from Germany. Inge (Ursula Werner) is an ordinary woman in her mid-sixties who is married to Werner (Horst Rehberg). Inge and Werner have been together for over 30 years, and while their relationship is still a happy one, it's clear that in most respects their lives have fallen into a rut. Inge makes extra money mending clothes for others, and when she drops off a pair of

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Sometimes, apparently, the old saw about the heart wanting what it wants can apply to seniors precisely the same way it does to the young and foolish.

July 29, 2010 Full Review Source: Boston Globe
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The heart is a riddle, and Cloud 9 deftly, wittily counts the ways.

December 18, 2009 Full Review Source: Chicago Tribune
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The result is a film in which age matters not at all and yet still matters hugely, and in which love is still a dream come true and an absolute mess.

October 9, 2009 Full Review Source: Detroit News
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Manages to be vital, wrenching and even humorous yet does not deny the omnipresence of mortality.

August 28, 2009 Full Review Source: Los Angeles Times
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Mr. Dresen and his actors create an atmosphere of reckless vulnerability that's immediately compelling and artistically intriguing. We want to explore this relationship further.

August 26, 2009
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Seldom has any movie shown so much geriatric sex and full-frontal nudity (male and female). But, thanks to Dresen, it is all done with taste and sensitivity.

August 14, 2009 Full Review Source: New York Post
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This German entry benefits from a matter-of-fact approach.

May 2, 2010 Full Review Source: eFilmCritic.com
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This moral ambivalence is both the movie's strength and its greatest weakness. In virtually every way, Inge's behavior is unconscionable.

April 2, 2010
Kansas City Star

Dresen shows the events with a matter-of-fact clarity and patience, with a lack of editing or obnoxious musical score; the tone is startlingly quiet.

September 10, 2009 Full Review Source: Combustible Celluloid
Combustible Celluloid

This German melodrama has its share of problems (uncertain tone, unsatisfying closure), but in its many good moments, it offers a honest portrait of sex among the elderly, which is an almost taboo subject in American movies.

August 29, 2009 Full Review Source: EmanuelLevy.Com
EmanuelLevy.Com

An otherwise routine look at a love triangle is passed with middling success through geriatric and Teutonic filters in this largely improvised drama from veteran German director Andreas Dresen.

August 28, 2009 Full Review Source: Boxoffice Magazine
Boxoffice Magazine

Literally and figuratively blows the sheets off the taboo subject of geriatric sexuality.

August 18, 2009 Full Review Source: NewsBlaze
NewsBlaze

Brave, provocative and deeply poignant with a raw and heartfelt performance by Ursula Werner. It's easily one of the most powerfully emotional films of the year.

August 18, 2009 Full Review Source: NYC Movie Guru
NYC Movie Guru

a sincere, thoughtful tale of the human heart

August 16, 2009 Full Review Source: Cinema Writer
Cinema Writer

Unrelated to its misleading title of imaginary bliss is an overriding theme about old age offering no surefire recipe for wisdom, or even for much common sense. How's that for depressing?

August 16, 2009 Full Review Source: ColeSmithey.com
ColeSmithey.com

Compelling German drama about a 67-year-old seamstress who is not content to wait out the final part of her life "aging gracefully."

August 14, 2009 Full Review Source: Film Journal International
Film Journal International

Dresen's intimate, naturalistic style is key to how absorbing and convincing. . . are relationships exceptional and rare in a film.

August 14, 2009 Full Review Source: Film-Forward.com
Film-Forward.com

Explores with emotional intelligence an elderly woman's passionate love affair and the ways it transforms her life.

August 13, 2009 Full Review Source: Spirituality and Practice
Spirituality and Practice

Cloud 9 delivers a white hot blast of powerful emotions and makes us care about three characters in a direct and violent way

August 13, 2009 Full Review Source: Filmcritic.com
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Audience Reviews for Wolke Neun (Cloud 9)

While it is refreshing that "Cloud 9" treats its senior characters as sexual beings, there remains the question of whether the casual nudity and graphic sexuality is meant as a celebration or that it is simply meant to shock due to its getting so in the face of the viewer. Also, of dubious credibility is why Inge(Ursula Werner) would suddenly get sexually involved with Karl(Horst Westphal) who she only knows from mending his pants, as this would run very much against her character as a good wife and upstanding member of the choir.(After the first encounter, she does hesitate talking to Karl again.) Could it be that her husband of 30 years, Werner(Horst Rehberg), is the most boring person on the planet because he enjoys listening to the sound of trains?(I love trains but not that much...) What is known is that Werner married Inge after she already had her daughter Petra(Steffi Kuhnert) and she may have married him because he was nice and could support them which really should never be the basis of any marriage. So, while there might be tenderness between them, there is little love and that might explain why Petra is doing the happy dance when she finds out, especially as this might mean her mother is finding happiness for the first time in her life.
September 20, 2009
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