Thursday, September 14, 2017

Cloud Atlas - Quotes by Sonmi-451

Quotes from Sonmi~451 Clone, Fabricant, Goddess

Cloud Atlas, an independent film that premiered in 2012, was adapted from a novel by David Mitchell. When first shown at the 37th Toronto International Film Festival, it received a 10-minute standing ovation.

I can't help but wonder if the ovation was in part due to the fact that this movie literally leaves one speechless - as in, what just happened? (But in a good way.)

I found the movie to be fascinating. I was inspired by some of the words, intrigued by the opening, and although I wasn't quite sure why we were watching different time periods seemingly play out simultaneously, it was worthy of my time.

Each period seemed to be connected by something from another period, perhaps to show that we are all connected through multiple generations, or perhaps through every generation.

 At any rate, the words of Sonmi~451 were profound in many cases, and I suppose that is one of the reasons I enjoyed the movie. The acting was superb also, but it is a difficult movie to explain.

Our lives are not our own.
From womb to tomb,
we are bound to others,
past and present,
and by each crime and every kindness,
we birth our future.

Truer words were never written... We are only what we know.
We can become "more" when we know more.

We are only what we know.
And I wished to be so much more than I was.

I believe death is only a door, when it closes, another opens.
If I care to imagine heaven. I would imagine a door opening.
And behind it, I would find him there, waiting for me.

Truth is singular.
Its "versions" are mistruths.

I was never, ever bored by "Cloud Atlas." On my second viewing, I gave up any attempt to work out the logical connections between the segments, stories and characters. What was important was that I set my mind free to play. Clouds do not really look like camels or sailing ships or castles in the sky. They are simply a natural process at work. So too, perhaps, are our lives. Because we have minds and clouds do not, we desire freedom. That is the shape the characters in "Cloud Atlas" take, and how they attempt to direct our thoughts. Any concrete, factual attempt to nail the film down to cold fact, to tell you what it "means," is as pointless as trying to build a clockwork orange.

But, oh, what a film this is! And what a demonstration of the magical, dreamlike qualities of the cinema. And what an opportunity for the actors. And what a leap by the directors, who free themselves from the chains of narrative continuity. And then the wisdom of the old man staring into the flames makes perfect sense.

Starring Tom Hanks, Halle Berry, Hugh Grant, Susan Sarandon... 
and Bae Doona as Sonmi~451.

Cloud Atlas was Written and Directed by