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Clouds: Letters to My Son (2001)

Nuages: Lettres à mon fils (original title)
Director Marion Hänsel reflects on her admiration for the sky.


Marion Hänsel


Marion Hänsel


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Credited cast:
Barbara Auer ... Narrator (German language version)
Antje de Boeck ... Narrator (Dutch language version) (voice)
Catherine Deneuve ... Narrator (French language version) / Récitante
Carmen Maura ... Narrator (Spanish) (voice)
Charlotte Rampling ... Narrator (English language version)


Reflections by Marion Hänsel. Ever since I began to walk, I've walked looking up, contemplating the clouds. This has never left me bored. Day after day, "the biggest screen in the world" presents a fascinating spectacle, ever changing and endless. What is unfolding above me, or below me when I'm flying, touches me deeply. An entire array of sensations corresponds to my mood, the moment, the intensity of the light. At times I feel contentment, joy, euphoria, and sometimes melancholia, solitude, serenity or even fear, suffocation, helplessness and anger. Most of the time I just feel the simple happiness of being alive, in a moment in time, a part of a totality where up and down doesn't exist. I'm surrounded by something infinitely light, I'm floating and feel part of the universe. These states of mind, provoked by the clouds, the desire to live, to create - must be universal; I'm sure. Written by Hannelore Goossens

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Germany | Belgium



Release Date:

17 October 2001 (Belgium) See more »

Also Known As:

Clouds: Letters to My Son See more »

Filming Locations:

Cape of Good Hope, South Africa See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Man's Films, Pegasos Film See more »
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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

Dolby SR



Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Alternate Versions

Film has different actresses narrating the five language versions that exist. See more »

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More than just clouds
3 November 2001 | by leandroffSee all my reviews

When I first read about the movie, I was curious, but intrigued to learn how the director would use images of clouds to fill almost 90 minutes. To my big surprise, time is the last thing I noticed while I was watching it. The movie makes you go far from the room, it makes you dream and think, and imagine... And the images (not just clouds, despite the title) are nature in its most beautiful form. I was stunned by the movie. The letter may not be that impressive - could be any mother writing to any son, but they have their effect. It's not a movie for everyone, tho. If you think movie is an experience, more than anything else, you might as well watch it. If you don't like, it is worth the experience.

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