Above the Clouds
Philippines, 2014, 90 minutes, HD
Above the Clouds Synopsis

A beautifully lensed, languorous study of grief and familial bonding, taking as its inspiration the very human struggle to keep memories of loved ones alive.


Grieving 15-year-old Andy is forced to live with his estranged grandfather in the picturesque mountains in the north of the Philippines. Andy becomes withdrawn and isolated there and nobody can get through to him, until one day, his grandfather has an idea. He shows Andy photographs of his parents hiking up a beautiful mountain, and insists on taking him there. Tensions rise on their overnight hike, but through the journey, they start to come to terms with their grief.

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Reviewed by marygracedimala
There is this oppressive stillness in the air over the beautiful mountain ranges of the Cordilleras in Northern Philippines far from the humdrum, technology and the pollution of city life... more
There is this oppressive stillness in the air over the beautiful mountain ranges of the Cordilleras in Northern Philippines far from the humdrum, technology and the pollution of city life in this well videoed movie about how a teenager and his grandfather struggled to face themselves. 15 year old Andy became cloistered and isolated in his own noisy interior world inside his own room and within the corridors of his earphones, refusing to reach out until his grandfather showed him photographs of his parents climbing one of the beautiful mountains of Bontoc.  After much convincing, he finally agreed to be taken to those mountains where he lost his parents to a storm.It was a struggle through the tensions of denial, the generational gap, the difficulty of the trek, and the refusal to let go of the comfort, the guilt,  contentment of a segregated existence, and the grief of his loss.  In the end of a process that seemed to last as long as eternity gives , they find revelation and clarity, and more importantly acceptance.
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Reviewed by bennydelacruz
Pepe Diokno’s family drama reveals grief and remorse from three levels:  a young man’s rebellion, an old man’s bitterness and collective mass negligence. Above the Clouds starts with a catastrophe... more
Pepe Diokno’s family drama reveals grief and remorse from three levels:  a young man’s rebellion, an old man’s bitterness and collective mass negligence. Above the Clouds starts with a catastrophe that takes the lives of two people and thereby altering the future of those they’ve left behind.  Andy and his grandfather become victims of this loss. But like a ray of light passing through a peephole, an idea enters the grandfather’s mind and he decides to give something back to his grandson - his own memories of Andy’s parents to console, give reverence and celebrate their lives. The family drama movie also touches on environmental neglect, garbage on mountain streams and trails, and an unmanaged rest stop on their way to the crest. The seamless shots of natural surroundings, the contrasting themes of young and old, the divergence of urban and rural show Pepe Diokno expanding his techniques in filmmaking. This film becomes also a revelation as far as acting goes, of Pepe Smith, a legendary singer and band member of the now defunct Juan Dela Cruz Band. His acting is not flawless but his characterization and portrayal of a man lost in his own bitterness and regrets in life with boxes full of memories suits the movie.
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  • Beautiful cinematography and great performing duet for this Filipino drama !

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  • Beautiful cinematography and great performing duet for this Filipino drama !
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  • This film looks interesting!  I'll def watch this later!  There's definitely been a flux of emerging film talent from Philippines of late!

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  • This film looks interesting!  I'll def watch this later!  There's definitely been a flux of emerging film talent from Philippines of late!
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