Tian bian yi duo yun (The Wayward Cloud)
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The subjects of love, sex, and lust in modern-day Taiwan are given a surreal, kaleidoscopic treatment in Tsai Ming-Liang's experimental feature film. The Wayward Cloud contains no plot per se, but rather a succession of strange set pieces in which young lovers connect, disconnect, and attempt to find each other amidst a city water shortage. Consisting of nearly no dialogue, the film mixes the outrageous, the explicit, and the banal in a more radically experimental fashion than the director's previous efforts.
Rotten Tomatoes Score: 76%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"The film's meandering, surrealist-kissed, early scenes dance nicely in time with his urban protagonist's disconnected, existential malaise."
‑ Wally Hammond, Time Out
"Tsai's emptied-out aesthetic has never felt so empty, his mannerisms so pointlessly mannered."
‑ Nathan Lee, Village Voice
"The Wayward Cloud finds Ming-liang in a rut and unable to elevate his neon wilderness to the heights of the rest of his consistently fascinating oeuvre."
‑ Chris Cabin, Filmcritic.com
"Features the most explicit use of a watermelon ever filmed."
‑ Anthony Quinn, Independent
"Characters make love, make meals, make conversation - though not much - and in moments of transcendence remake the world according to their fantasies and longings."
‑ Nigel Andrews, Financial Times
"The Wayward Cloud offers one plausible moral: If life hands you watermelons, make love to them."
‑ A.O. Scott, New York Times
"A witty, insightful and typically idiosyncratic continuation of Tsai's earlier features."
‑ Geoff Andrew, Time Out
"Taiwanese titillation flick featurings watermelon as a metaphor."
‑ Kam Williams, Sly Fox
"So extravagantly, hilariously rude as to be almost indescribable."
‑ Tim Robey, Daily Telegraph
"The madcap finale to a loose trilogy from Taiwanese director Tsi Ming-Liang, and whilst emphatically not to all tastes, fans of the obscene, the experimental and the outrageous should make every effort to get along."
‑ Tom Dawson, BBC.com
"The Taiwanese sex musical The Way ward Cloud is notable for its bizarre uses of watermelons. I won't give you the details because my editor would just cut them out."
‑ V.A. Musetto, New York Post
"Juicy surrealist film."
‑ Dennis Schwartz, Ozus' World Movie Reviews
"A curiously-compelling and impossible to pigeonhole romantic romp which blurs the line between pornography and legit cinema in magnificent fashion."
‑ Kam Williams, NewsBlaze
"It may be slow as a snail, but it leaves a trail."
‑ Derek Malcolm, This is London
"Director Tsai Ming-liang's film harks back to more innocent times when screen romance didn't involve a money shot."
‑ David Parkinson, Empire Magazine
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