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

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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In a city of glamour at a time of decadence they met. An aristocrat, a soldier of conscience, and an entertainer. Together they shared a deep passion. See more »

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Drama | Romance | War

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Trivia

Hugh Grant was originally announced for the Stuart Townsend part. See more »

Quotes

Charles Bessé: If you are afraid of birthdays already, you'll be a wreck when you're my age...
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Connections

Featured in Cinemania: I anodos kai i ptosi tou Nazismou (2008) See more »

Soundtracks

Minor Swing
Music by Django Reinhardt and Stéphane Grappelli
Used by permission of Jewel Music Publishing Inc.
Produced by Jean Robitaille
Performed by The John Jorgenson Quintet
John Jorgenson appears courtesy of J2/Pharaoh Records
Courtesy of HITC Productions Inc.
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not great... but romantic and beautiful chemistry
1 September 2005 | by adi_rSee all my reviews

I saw this movie not expecting much from it. I was more interested in seeing how the chemistry between Charlize and Stuart works as they are lovers in real life too.

The movie is a melodramatic love story that takes place in the years that preceded WW II and during the war. The story is rather predictable and quite boring sometimes.

But what makes this movie nice to see are some moments that are nicely portrayed by the main actors and that I find rather moving. And if something makes this movie special, is Stuart Townsend that gives a certain feeling to his character.

In the end, I liked the movie as I ignored some of its flaws (like most of the movies I see)and appreciated the overall atmosphere created, a couple of moving a memorable scenes and the beautiful chemistry between Charlize and Stuart. I think, it is underrated. It should be around 6.5-7. I give him an 8, as a balance.


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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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Dolby Digital

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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