War clouds may be gathering over Europe, but Gilda (Charlize Theron) still chooses to live her life solely for pleasure. A restless free spirit, she has travelled the world in search of passion and excitement only to find it in a romantic menage a trois with Guy (Stuart Townsend) and Mia (Penelope Cruz), two friends with whom she shares an apartment in Paris. But when desire turns to guilt and both her lovers leave to fight in the Spanish Civil War, an abandoned Gilda vows never to see them again. Six years later, with liberation just days away, Guy returns to occupied Paris as a British spy, only to discover Gilda's the privileged mistress of a German officer. Dismayed, Guy is now forced to make the most difficult decision of his life: to let Gilda suffer a traitor's fate or rescue the woman he once loved.
This film soars sky high
- Head in the Clouds review by PT
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Charlie Theron gives a Stella performance as the hedonistic Gilda. Guy (Stuart Townsend first encounters her at Oxford university). Later they reunite in Paris, where they are joined by Mia (Penelope Cruz) in a love triangle. Guy and Mia feel passionate about the Spanish civil war and join the revolutionaries there. Gilda sees this as betrayal to her, their loyalties and passion should be for her and living a life of pleasure, thus disowning them. Years later when Guy returns again to Paris towards the end of the 2nd world war, he finds Gilda in a relationship with a German officer (the ultimate betrayal to the occupied French). Does he try to save her? There is a very unusual scene in this film that I thought was brilliant and is one of my favorite movie scenes (Gilda looks directly into camera, at us , as we know, we are her witnesses). Loved this film.