The Wayward Cloud

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The Wayward Cloud may baffle more literally minded viewers, but its surreal pleasures will resonate with fans of thoroughly unique cinema.



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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.


Critic Reviews for The Wayward Cloud

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  • It may be slow as a snail, but it leaves a trail.

    Nov 15, 2007 | Rating: 4/5
  • The madcap finale to a loose trilogy from Taiwanese director Tsi Ming-Liang, and whilst emphatically not to all tastes, fans of the obscene, the experimental and the outrageous should make every effort to get along.

    Nov 15, 2007 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

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

    Nov 14, 2007 | Rating: 4/6 | Full Review…

    Wally Hammond

    Time Out
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  • More high-end arthouse fare from an ever-burgeoning Chinese-language film scene.

    Nov 14, 2007 | Rating: 3.5/5 | Full Review…
  • The Wayward Cloud offers one plausible moral: If life hands you watermelons, make love to them.

    Feb 23, 2007 | Rating: 2/5
  • 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.

    Feb 23, 2007 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for The Wayward Cloud

At first, this is an unfocused musical drama that shoots in every direction to see what sticks, including some unnecessary musical numbers and random scenes that have no purpose, but that until it reaches a striking last scene that is provocative, meaningful and touching.

Carlos Magalhães
Carlos Magalhães

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tsai ming-liang's harshest film. the last scene made me hate everyone

Stella Dallas
Stella Dallas

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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
Greg S

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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! Tsai Ming Liang,Asian,Wayward Cloud

Saskia D.
Saskia D.

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