“Just because I talk with an accent doesn’t mean I think with an accent.” – Alberto Aragon
From director Alfonso Arau, A Walk In The Clouds stars Keanu Reeves as Paul Sutton, who after the war returns to San Francisco to reunite with his wife Betty (Debra Messing) expecting a warm reception from her. It turns out that most of the letters that he sent her were unopened which causes a little misunderstanding but he still decided to forgive her thus continuing his plan to engage in a new career. Betty however, convinced him to go back to his former career of selling chocolates so he set forth to sell chocolates in Sacramento. On his way to Sacramento, he met Victoria Aragon who’s on her way home from college after getting herself pregnant by her professor. Coming from a very traditional family, Victoria’s in a very serious trouble until Paul offered to help her by posing as her husband to meet his family, especially her very strict father.
Alberto Aragon wasn’t happy about this but he eventually conceded realizing that Paul “really” loved his daughter. Knowing that it was all a lie, both Paul and Victoria had to end it even after realizing that they’ve come to truly love each other.
I am supposed to write a review about this film in a different category but I decided that Senor Alberto Aragon’s quotation “Just because I talk with an accent doesn’t mean I think with an accent” aptly speaks volume and I just loved it because I feel that at some point it applies to me having worked in the BPO industry where I was criticized here and there about my accent.
Anyway, this film is probably Keanu Reeves’ second best movie (in my opinion) after The Matrix (start the LOL-ing now). He provided here a subtle approach to his role as a vulnerable and well-grounded man of honor complimenting the performance of his leading lady, Aitana Sánchez-Gijón. I also appreciated the beautiful vineyard scenery that feels like I’m being transported in a beautiful dream – what a beautiful cinematography! The scoring was also superb coming from Maurice Jarre who also did the the scores of Lawrence Of Arabia, Messenger Of God and Ghost. The story of the film was that of a sweet romantic one – a couple who found themselves in a beautiful place where they could just be in love forever – much like what the audience (moi) feels like – walking in the clouds.
Movie Year: 1995
Movie Genre: Drama
Movie Rating: 9/10
Director: Alfonso Arau
Starring: Keanu Reeves, Aitana Sánchez-Gijón, Anthony Quinn, Angelica Aragon, Debra Messing, Giancarlo Giannini, Freddy Rodriguez