Cloud Atlas: Someday We’ll Understand.

Via Andrea Balt
on Jul 28, 2012
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“Our lives are not our own, we are bound to others, past and present. And by each crime and every kindness, we birth our future.”

Could it be that the movie of the century is at the door (of the century)?

Just watch. Don’t open parachute.

Synopsis (Via Apple Trailers)
“Cloud Atlas” explores how the actions and consequences of individual lives impact one another throughout the past, the present and the future. Action, mystery and romance weave dramatically through the story as one soul is shaped from a killer into a hero and a single act of kindness ripples across centuries to inspire a revolution in the distant future.

Lana Wachowski, Tom Tykwer, Andy Wachowski

Tom Hanks, Halle Berry, Jim Broadbent, Hugo Weaving, Jim Sturgess, Doona Bae, Ben Whishaw, James D’Arcy, Zhou Xun, Keith David, David Gyasi, Susan Sarandon, Hugh Grant

Lana Wachowski, Tom Tykwer, Andy Wachowski

In theaters: 
October 26, 2012


More quotable mojo from the original book, mother of the film, by David Mitchell:

“Power, time, gravity, love. The forces that really kick ass are all invisible.”

“All revolutions are the sheerest fantasy until they happen; then they become historical inevitabilities.”

“What wouldn’t I give now for a never-changing map of the ever-constant ineffable? To possess, as it were, an atlas of clouds.”

“People are obscenities. Would rather be music than be a mass of tubes squeezing semisolids around itself for a few decades before becoming so dribblesome it’ll no longer function.”

“One fine day a predatory world shall consume itself.”

As one of my Facebook friends put it today on my wall: “If this doesn’t make you squeal in delightful anticipation I’ll eat my hat.”

He doesn’t have to. Anticipation is making me devour mine.


Bonus: Main theme, freshly delivered to all epic soundtrack lovers.

Composed by Thomas Bergersen.


“Just trying to understand why we keep making the same mistakes over and over… “

Forward to Min. 1:48. Close your eyes.

Music by M83.

“I feel like something important has happened to me…Is this possible?”

“My life amounts to no more than one drop in a limitless ocean. Yet what is any ocean, but a multitude of drops?”


So, do we have a date?

PS: October 26.


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About Andrea Balt

Co-Founder / Editor in Chief of Rebelle Society, Wellness Alchemist at Rebelle Wellness & Creativity Curator at Creative Rehab. Unfinished book with a love for greens, bikes and poetry; raised by wolves & adopted by people; not trying to make art but to Be Art. Holds a BA in Journalism & Mass Communication, an MFA in Creative Writing & a Holistic Health Coach degree from the Institute for Integrative Nutrition®. In her work she tries to reflect the wholeness of the human experience by combining Art & Health + Brains & Beauty + Darkness & Brilliance into a more alive, unabridged and unlimited edition of ourselves. She is also on a quest to reinstate Creativity as one of our essential Human Rights to (hopefully and soon) be included in the UN Declaration. Connect with her on Facebook, Twitter & Instagram and sign up for her Monthly Stroke of Renaissance.


13 Responses to “Cloud Atlas: Someday We’ll Understand.”

  1. Harleigh Quinn says:

    “Our lives are not our own, we are bound to others, past and present. And by each crime and every kindness, we birth our future.”

    I love this quote, because it laughs in the face of the new age western buddhism and yoga mantra of

    "do not dwell in the past and do hot worry about the future…."

    Which has already been proven to be a falsely attributed buddha quote.

    • John Thomas Casey says:

      Harleigh, it seems to me that…
      One may cultivate a wholesome insight into the significance of what has come before without "dwelling in the past."
      One may be mindful of the implications of one's actions without "worrying about the future."
      The refrain from Cloud Atlas, that "Our lives are not our own, we are bound to others, past and present. And by each crime and every kindness, we birth our future" is rather perfectly reflective of both the Buddhist and Yogic insight into the nature of this life we live, methinks. Living in the present moment is neither oblivious to the past nor careless of the future. At the same time it is neither fixated on what has been nor fretful concerning what will be. Just saying….

      • Nonymous says:

        "As human beings, we all make mistakes, especially when we are young, without a lot of mindfulness and understanding. Without skillfulness, we have made people we love suffer and we have made ourselves suffer. …

        With mindfulness and understanding we can recognize the unskillful things we have said and done in the past. All these are still fully present in us and in the world. …

        They say you cannot go back to the past and fix the past, but in this teaching and practice, you can. You can go back to the past and fix the wrong things you have done in the past. Because the past is still there, disguised as the present moment. If you know how to touch the present moment deep enough, you touch the past. That is why you can mend the cut, you can heal the wound. Right here and right now. Because everything comes from the mind. The wrong mind has created the wound, and now the right mind is feeling the wound. The moment you are determined not to do like that again in the future, the wound begins to heal, very quickly. . . .

        You have peace, and all complexes of guilt are gone. You become a bodhisattva. You are going to do many things for the sake of people, now and in the future, in terms of understanding and compassion. A powerful energy can heal you very quickly. You will be continued in that direction. So the practice of beginning anew proposed by the Buddha is very effective."

        — Thich Nhat Hanh

    • Mike1951 says:

      What is new age western Buddhism? I practice Soto Zen minus the supernatural parts. Is this what you are talking about?

  2. Mamaste says:

    WOW! On all counts. The music – spectacular. Cinematography – brilliant. Storyline – compelling.

    Just intro'd on FB to : WOW, Books, Music, Video, Culture & I'm Not Spiritual.


  3. Good GOD I can't wait for this movie!!!

  4. Rajni Tripathi says:

    CANT WAIT!!!!!!

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  6. Rebecca says:

    SOOOOOOOOOOO excited!!!!!

  7. Truth says:

    Seems like David Mitchel is making a commentary about perception, reality, and backward causation in the context of karma.

    Reality and Perception in David Mitchell’s Cloud Atlas
    by Mark Woodring

    "Whether revolutionary or gimmicky, this presentation of intertwined narratives demonstrates that human reality is not determined by actuality or factuality, but rather by the perception of events and how those perceptions are presented and interpreted."

    This “whirligig” of reality and uncertainty is at the heart of Cloud Atlas. The longer we read and attempt to determine what is real and what is not, we accelerate ever faster around the idea that, as de Man says, we are simultaneously in both a real and an unreal environment. We cannot know with certainty that any of the events are real at any given time, and thus, like Schrödinger’s cat, simultaneously both alive and dead inside its sealed box, the events contained within the cover of Cloud Atlas are at once real and unreal—true and untrue—even to each other.

    Clearly, then, what we see in Cloud Atlas is an interrogation of the accuracy of reality, specifically due to man’s tendency, consciously or unconsciously, to mold it to conform to his current needs or expectations. As a result, no version of reality is able to function as anything but a story which may or may not be accurate to any significant degree.'s6010

  8. Daniel says:

    Never change… we are a single drop in a ocean, but we know the truth.. we must die pure and incorrupted.

    maybe the nature of the universe be your guide, for ever brothers.


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