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.

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Critic Reviews for The Wayward Cloud

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Audience Reviews for The Wayward Cloud

  • Mar 03, 2016
    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 M Super Reviewer
  • Apr 19, 2015
    A surreal musical tale of love, sex and making of pornography set in Taiwan. It's surrealism was cool but overusing long shots of weird angles had its limits. To be frank, I was almost bored to death and the musical numbers were not that interesting. Things I learned after watching the film: Asian people like to make porn with fruits.
    Sylvester K Super Reviewer
  • May 27, 2010
    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
  • Apr 21, 2010
    [font=Century Gothic]"The Wayward Cloud" is a sequel to "What Time Is It There?", set during a severe drought in Taiwan. The movie opens in corridors where a nurse and Shang-chyi(Shiang-chyi Chen) are going in different directions. In the next scene, the nurse is lying on a bed with a watermelon between her legs. Enter Hsiao-Kang(Kang-sheng Lee) who is apparently now making a living starring in porn films, since he does make furious love with said watermelon. Shang-chyi has not been back from Paris for long because she still has not opened her suitcase. Having her keys accidentally paved over on the street does not help matters. On one trip to collect water, Shang-chyi runs across Hsiao-Kang who is sleeping in the park.[/font] [font=Century Gothic][/font] [font=Century Gothic]The director of "Wayward Cloud", Tsai Ming-liang, is one of the only directors I trust to making movies with little plot because of his great skill in setting the mood in the human comedies he makes. Also indicative of his films, is little dialogue, great sight gags and long static shots with more than one thing happening at the same time.(Well, the musical numbers are new.) The film says that even though there are certain basic elements we need in order to survive, quite a bit more is required in order to truly live. (But I still have no idea of what to make of the last sequence...) [/font]
    Walter M Super Reviewer

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