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  • Summary: A surreal musical set against the backdrop of a Taiwanese drought.
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 4 out of 9
  2. Negative: 3 out of 9
  1. Reviewed by: David Parkinson
    Sep 16, 2013
    80
    Wrongly branded misogynist by PC kneejerkers, this is a scathing assault on the exploitative nature of pornography and the emptiness of sex without love.
  2. Reviewed by: Wally Hammond
    Sep 16, 2013
    80
    The film’s meandering, surrealist-kissed, early scenes dance nicely in time with his urban protagonist’s disconnected, existential malaise.
  3. 75
    The director is, you won't be surprised to learn, Tsai Ming-laing, whose deadpan humor and minimalist lensing has made him a god among film geeks.
  4. Reviewed by: Staff [Not Credited]
    Sep 16, 2013
    60
    [A] highly idiosyncratic semi-musical.
  5. 40
    It feels willed, aggressive and unconvincing -- clammy rather than cool -- in a way that suggests artistic frustration rather than discovery. The water shortage may be a metaphor for the director’s creative desiccation, which his admirers can only hope is temporary.
  6. This silly film does nothing to enhance Taiwanese auteur Tsai Ming-liang's reputation. The acting is below par, the mise-en-scene is clumsy and the structure is lazy.
  7. Reviewed by: Nathan Lee
    20
    The Wayward Cloud fails as allegory, human story, anti-porn screed, postmodern musical, and even formal delight (Tsai's emptied-out aesthetic has never felt so empty, his mannerisms so pointlessly mannered), but it seems to have worked well enough as a necessary purge.

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