The Wayward Cloud (2005)
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Critic Reviews for The Wayward Cloud
The film's meandering, surrealist-kissed, early scenes dance nicely in time with his urban protagonist's disconnected, existential malaise.
The Wayward Cloud offers one plausible moral: If life hands you watermelons, make love to them.
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.
Tsai's emptied-out aesthetic has never felt so empty, his mannerisms so pointlessly mannered.
A witty, insightful and typically idiosyncratic continuation of Tsai's earlier features.
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.
tsai ming-liang's harshest film. the last scene made me hate everyone
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.
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