Wolke Neun (Cloud 9) (2008)

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Critic Consensus: 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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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 trousers for one of her customers, Karl (Horst Westphal), he invites her in for a moment. Inge and Karl sense an immediate attraction to one another, and after a few minutes together they repair to the bedroom. Unwilling to lie to her husband, Inge confesses her infidelity to Werner, but at the same time she admits she wants to continue her affair with Karl. After all their years of marriage, Werner isn't interested in an open relationship, and their daughter, Petra (Steffi Kühnert), is appalled by her mother's brazen behavior. Unable to have her cake and eat it too, Inge realizes she must choose between a man she's loved most of her adult life and one who has brought a new excitement to her autumn years. Wolke 9 (aka Cloud 9) was an official selection at the 2008 Cannes Film Festival.
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All Critics (39) | Top Critics (11)

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.

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

Full Review… | December 17, 2009
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.

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

Full Review… | August 28, 2009
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 25, 2009
New York Times
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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.

Full Review… | August 14, 2009
New York Post
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Audience Reviews for Wolke Neun (Cloud 9)

What a great, original film. It's probably one of the most depressing films I've seen in awhile, I mean it dashes any remaining hopes of an already bleak outlook on marriage in society. It brings the look on relationships after the long term. And the scary part about it is, I could see the perspective on both sides and it makes you wonder about everything that can go wrong in the long run. This is one honest film.

Patricia Graham
Patricia Graham
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Cloud 9" is Ingmar Bergman-esque in feel. The story ambles along at an arthritic snail's pace, but persistence pays off as we enter the complicated lives of three German septuagenarians. Their wrinkled bodies and graphic sexual activities are "nakedly" ... and I do mean nakedly.... laid bare before us. We witness raw, frank emotional conflicts and struggle to make sense of one woman's questionable behavior. This is a thought provoking and disturbing film, but well worth your attention, if you have the courage to watch.

Jerry Kane
Jerry Kane

I watch quite a few foreign and artsy films, but this one didn't do it for me and I didn't even finish it. I'll be quite frank, I'm not into the old people sex and nakedness. I really didn't get the point of the movie except this elderly likes to have a lot of sex. Thought the movie was boring and I kind of got grossed out.

Elise Maza
Elise Maza

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