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Clouds (1998)

La nube (original title)
An eclectic group of actors struggle to save their theater from being demolished and replaced with a shopping mall. Max, the leader of the troupe, is a workaholic director who abandoned his... See full summary »
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Eduardo Pavlovsky ... Max
Laura Novoa Laura Novoa
Ângela Correa Ângela Correa ... Fulo
Franklin Caicedo Franklin Caicedo
Carlos Páez Carlos Páez
Favio Posca Favio Posca ... Periodista
Leonor Manso
Luis Cardei Luis Cardei
Francisco Nápoli Francisco Nápoli ... Alfonso
Cristina Banegas
Bernard Le Coq Bernard Le Coq
Christophe Malavoy
Carlos Broggi Carlos Broggi
Margara Alonso Margara Alonso
Mari Tapia Mari Tapia
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An eclectic group of actors struggle to save their theater from being demolished and replaced with a shopping mall. Max, the leader of the troupe, is a workaholic director who abandoned his family to build his career and is forced to confront the daughter he deserted. Then there is Enrique, the playwright-poet who is reduced to pawning his belongings to sustain his livelihood when his state pension is severed. Finally, there is Fulo who is driven to succeed so that she can bring her daughter from Rio de Janeiro. Written by L.H. Wong <lhw@sfs.org.sg>

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Country:

France | Argentina

Language:

Spanish

Release Date:

3 September 1998 (Argentina) See more »

Also Known As:

Clouds See more »

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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color
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10 December 2006 | by tedgSee all my reviews

Regular readers of my comments know I celebrate Spanish-speaking filmmakers, pretty much as a class. Generally, they have good ideas for pushing the cinematic vocabulary. But oddly this is not true of Argentinians. I know of one film that was worth watching, and entire narrative comprised of tango. Part of the interesting thing 'was the mind who thought tango would be capable of such a thing.

This film is about the value of art in a society whose leaders don't value it — a condition that holds all over the world, the difference being that some regimes value what THEY think is art. I am writing this from a country I am visiting that has good funding for "traditional art" but discourages coloring outside the lines.

Argentines and others have had truly awful governments, but it is not the awfulness of the government that is the focus here, but the goodness of art — in particular performance art. We see much of this art. Its not plays but folks engaging in improv and social commentary.

And that's just what the movie is too. Normally, especially is a Spanish language film, I would suppose it is a clever folding of itself. But in this case, it is simply that the filmmaker didn't know better, I think.

Others may choose to watch it because it is a political cartoon that came true. But that is a poor excuse to spend time with something and accept it as art. I think perhaps I WOULD have considered tearing down their theater building.

Ted's Evaluation -- 1 of 3: You can find something better to do with this part of your life.


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