Michael Sauter
March 08, 1996 AT 05:00 AM EST

A Walk in the Clouds

type
Movie
Current Status
In Season
mpaa
R
runtime
102 minutes
performer
Keanu Reeves, Aitana Sanchez-Gijon, Giancarlo Giannini, Debra Messing, Anthony Quinn, Freddy Rodriguez
director
Alfonso Arau
author
Robert Mark Kamen
genre
Drama, Romance

We gave it a C-

Director Alfonso Arau (Like Water for Chocolate) misplaces his magical touch with A Walk in the Clouds, a glossy postwar romance in which Reeves plays a traveling salesman who helps a troubled girl (Sanchez-Gijon) on a train to California’s wine country in 1945. She’s pregnant, unmarried, and heading home to her proud Mexican family. He tries to save her honor by posing as her husband and ends up falling in love with her. But who cares? For all its beautifully photographed scenery (which retains its golden glow on video), this film hasn’t a clue about the people in the foreground. Full of calculated plot turns and condescending stereotypes, it’s as romantic as a wine commercial. C-

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