Wolke Neun (Cloud 9)
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A woman has to decide if she wants to stay with her husband after three decades together in this drama with a comic undertow from Germany. Inge (Ursula Werner) is an ordinary woman in her mid-sixties who is married to Werner (Horst Rehberg). Inge and Werner have been together for over 30 years, and while their relationship is still a happy one, it's clear that in most respects their lives have fallen into a rut. Inge makes extra money mending clothes for others, and when she drops off a pair of trousers for one of her customers, Karl (Horst Westphal), he invites her in for a moment. Inge… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 90%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"Sometimes, apparently, the old saw about the heart wanting what it wants can apply to seniors precisely the same way it does to the young and foolish."
‑ Tom Russo, Boston Globe
"Manages to be vital, wrenching and even humorous yet does not deny the omnipresence of mortality."
‑ Kevin Thomas, Los Angeles Times
"This German entry benefits from a matter-of-fact approach."
‑ Dan Lybarger, eFilmCritic.com
"This German melodrama has its share of problems (uncertain tone, unsatisfying closure), but in its many good moments, it offers a honest portrait of sex among the elderly, which is an almost taboo subject in American movies."
‑ Emanuel Levy, EmanuelLevy.Com
"Brave, provocative and deeply poignant with a raw and heartfelt performance by Ursula Werner. It's easily one of the most powerfully emotional films of the year."
‑ Avi Offer, NYC Movie Guru
"The heart is a riddle, and Cloud 9 deftly, wittily counts the ways."
‑ Michael Phillips, Chicago Tribune
"Mr. Dresen and his actors create an atmosphere of reckless vulnerability that's immediately compelling and artistically intriguing. We want to explore this relationship further."
‑ Jeannette Catsoulis, New York Times
"This moral ambivalence is both the movie's strength and its greatest weakness. In virtually every way, Inge's behavior is unconscionable."
‑ Loey Lockerby, Kansas City Star
"An otherwise routine look at a love triangle is passed with middling success through geriatric and Teutonic filters in this largely improvised drama from veteran German director Andreas Dresen."
‑ Wade Major, Boxoffice Magazine
"a sincere, thoughtful tale of the human heart"
‑ Jay Antani, Cinema Writer
"The result is a film in which age matters not at all and yet still matters hugely, and in which love is still a dream come true and an absolute mess."
‑ Tom Long, Detroit News
"Seldom has any movie shown so much geriatric sex and full-frontal nudity (male and female). But, thanks to Dresen, it is all done with taste and sensitivity."
‑ V.A. Musetto, New York Post
"Dresen shows the events with a matter-of-fact clarity and patience, with a lack of editing or obnoxious musical score; the tone is startlingly quiet."
‑ Jeffrey M. Anderson, Combustible Celluloid
"Literally and figuratively blows the sheets off the taboo subject of geriatric sexuality."
‑ Kam Williams, NewsBlaze
"Unrelated to its misleading title of imaginary bliss is an overriding theme about old age offering no surefire recipe for wisdom, or even for much common sense. How's that for depressing?"
‑ Cole Smithey, ColeSmithey.com
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