From the roaring 1920s to the ruinous Spanish Civil War and Adolf Hitler's rise into power, the lives of an Irish schoolteacher, a provocative heiress and her Spanish muse are intricately interlaced, sharing the same destiny and passion.

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John Duigan

Writer:

John Duigan
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Charlize Theron ... Gilda Bessé
Penélope Cruz ... Mia
Stuart Townsend ... Guy Malyon
Thomas Kretschmann ... Frans Bietrich
Steven Berkoff ... Charles Bessé
David La Haye ... Lucien
Karine Vanasse ... Lisette
Gabriel Hogan ... Julian Elsworth
Peter Cockett Peter Cockett ... Max
Élizabeth Chouvalidzé ... Fortune Teller
Jolyane Langlois Jolyane Langlois ... Gilda, Age 14
Sophie Desmarais ... Élodie
Éloïsa Laflamme-Cervantes Éloïsa Laflamme-Cervantes ... Julie
Ivan Vukov Ivan Vukov ... Undergraduate #1
Sebastian Bailey Sebastian Bailey ... Undergraduate #2
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Storyline

On a rainy night in 1933, the young, rebellious and provocative heiress of a French champagne magnate, Gilda Bessé, storms into the quiet life of the timid Oxford undergraduate, Guy Malyon, taking him by surprise. And before he knows it, Guy is love-smitten, and taken in the Parisian apartment of the now famous photographer, Gilda, living under the same roof with her muse and Spanish political idealist, Mia. However, as Spain gradually succumbs to the Nationalists, Mia and Guy's commitment to the cause of the Spanish Republic will threaten to break up their bohemian and almost idyllic coexistence. In the end, as Adolf Hitler rises into power, can a war-torn Europe separate the three companions forever? Written by Nick Riganas

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Three lives. One destiny. See more »

Genres:

Drama | Romance | War

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Rated R for sexuality, nudity and some violence | See all certifications »

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The film opened on only ten screens in the United States, and earned 46,133 dollars. See more »

Quotes

Julian Elsworth: [Guy and Gilda are on the pool table, naked under a blanket] What are you wearing under there?
Gilda Bessé: As it's your big day, I'm wearing my Birthday Suit in your honor.
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Noël Nouvelet
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Performed by La petite Bande de Montréal - Martine Dagenais
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Too much and not enough
13 January 2009 | by dane11See all my reviews

I'll keep this simple -- this movie could have been great, but it wanted to be too much. It wanted to be epic, it wanted to be about friends and it wanted to be an anti-war movie and on top of that, it wanted to be about WWII and the underground work. I wanted to like this movie and while it's not impossible to watch, it is slow and plodding some times. This is a movie that really could have hit the audience hard, but it just kind of laid there instead.

We go through a long, long development of the relationship between the two main characters Charlize Theron and Stuart Townsend. This could have been story enough, but no, we have to follow them over a 10 or 15 year period and go all the way through WWII. Early on, we are introduced to Penelope Cruz who is a good friend to Theron's character. And from this we kind of slip into a pseudo-three-way that never fully develops. Then there is the Spanish Civil War that Cruz's character feels she must partake in as well as Townsend. Again, this could have been an interesting story all on its own. Finally, we get into WWII and it drags on and on and I started to lose interest in the characters and the story.

It's all just too much of a BIG story and, at the same time, not enough of a story to really hold our interest. The actors were okay, though sometimes I felt like Theron was just reading her lines. Townsend, for the most part fits the role, but other times he comes across as too modern for the time period.

There are a few twists and turns here that keep the viewer interested, but overall, its not as good as it could have been. A shorter version, about one of the many story lines could make this a really, really good film.


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Language:

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Release Date:

30 October 2004 (Japan) See more »

Also Known As:

Head in the Clouds See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$46,133, 19 September 2004

Gross USA:

$398,278

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$3,664,858
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2.35 : 1
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