Gerardo, a 17-year old guy has just finished his relationship with Bruno and starts wandering hopeless through the streets of the city. In his wandering he’s tortured by images: each masculine body he sees reminds him of his lover. Gerardo is determined to keep what’s left of his dying love. The only comfort he has is a letter that Bruno left him with his boss.
“A Thousand Clouds of Peace” is a low budget Mexican oddity, filmed in grainy black-and-white, that has the look and feel of an “art film” stamped all over it. It is a largely nonverbal tale of a 17-year old named Gerardo who, having just been dumped by his boyfriend, now spends his days and nights wandering around the city in a desultory daze, trying to come to terms with his loneliness and despair.
“A Thousand Clouds of Peace” is definitely an acquired taste, but a person who opens himself up to the beauty of its images and the pervasiveness of its mood may find himself intrigued – if not exactly mesmerized – by the experience. The film consists mainly of Gerardo staring soulfully either into the distance or directly into the camera, but Juan Carlos Ortuno creates such a brooding presence that we actually find ourselves touched by the universality of his character’s plight. By providing little in the way of drama, dialogue and character interaction, writer/director Julian Hernandez gives the film the simplified form of a parable, turning it into a study of heartbreak and unrequited love, but one stripped of all the usual distractions and clutter.
Dreamlike in its imagery and pacing, “A Thousand Clouds of Peace” will remind you of any number of European art films from the 1960’s. Take that as either a recommendation or a warning, depending on your own personal taste.
Director: Julián Hernández
Writer: Julián Hernández
Stars: Juan Carlos Ortuño, Juan Carlos Torres, Salvador Alvarez
Language: Spanish | English
Release Date: 2 April 2004 (USA)
Also Known As: A Thousand Peace Clouds Encircle the Sky
Filming Locations: Mexico City, Mexico
Format : Matroska
Format version : Version 4
File size : 8.25 GiB
Duration : 1 h 22 min
Overall bit rate mode : Variable
Overall bit rate : 14.3 Mb/s