Paul is home from the war, but he has new issues facing him at home.
Paul's travels quickly land him in Napa Valley, California - the heart of wine country. One afternoon, Paul notices a group of unruly men harassing a beautiful young woman who happens to be travelling alone. Paul tried to intervene politely but a fist fight quickly breaks out and results in Paul getting thrown off the bus! Without any other options, Paul starts walking along the road...and later on in the day, who does he run into but the woman he was defending on the bus! The two make their introductions and Paul learns that her name is Victoria (Aitana Sanchez-Gijon) and she is a college student returning home to her family's locally famous vineyard. But Victoria is in trouble. While away at school, Victoria fell head over heels in love with her professor...who dropped her like a bad habit when she reveals that is pregnant with his child. It's still early in her pregnancy so she isn't showing yet, but Victoria is terrified to reveal her condition to her crazy traditional, Mexican Catholic family. And that's when Paul comes up with a brilliant idea.
It's a crazy idea! ....so crazy, it just might work!
Looking for a distraction from travelling the road and eventually returning to his rushed marriage, Paul believes he can help Victoria. He offers to act as her husband! Paul quickly weaves the story of how they met and tells Victoria that he will slip away from her family's vineyard early in the morning before anyone is awake so Paul can be the bad guy to blame and Victoria can still save face! It's risky but it could also work. Paul uses one of the foil wrappers from one of his chocolates and fashions a simple wedding ring for Victoria and the two begin their long walk to the lavish, castle-like home of the Aragon family. And once there, the reception is basically how Victoria envisioned it would go. Her entire family is taken aback, but once the shock wears off both Victoria's mother (Angelica Aragon) and Grandfather (Anthony Quinn) are ecstatic and welcome Paul into their family with open arms...but it's Victoria's father (Giancarlo Giannini) who isn't convinced. Victoria's father is absolutely livid that his daughter was married to a man no one knew, to a man below her social standing...how could this be?! And this outraged father has no issue showing his true feelings.
Victoria! You've got some explaining to do!
Mr. Aragon spends the entire day and night casting hateful glances at Paul, and making snide comments. But, wanting to do right by Victoria, Paul just ignores the jabs and goes about his business...it is only one day after all! Finally, the morning comes and Paul makes his move to leave...only to be intercepted by Victoria's Grandfather who takes Paul for a walk among the grape vines and tells him all about the family, the farm, and their history. And this is how Paul gets pulled into another day on the Aragon vineyard...and another! Paul is spending more time in the lives on the Aragon family and he feels happy here...and he also feels happy with Victoria. Uh oh. Paul can't get attached - he's already a married man! But how can he possibly pull away when this faux-marriage to Victoria is everything he wishes his marriage with Betty was? Paul has to make his move soon though, for Victoria's sake and before her father discovers the truth about their relationship....
They've gotten so close after all this time...how can Paul walk away now???
This is a movie I secretly love revisiting. A Walk in the Clouds is definitely not the best romance movie out there but it still pulls on my heartstrings in all the right way. Let's just get this out in the open: Keanu Reeves's bland,boring personality is a really weird fit for a romance movie...but I still kind of like it. He's sort of sensitive, sort of vulnerable, sort of intriguing.... I don't know why it all works but it kind of does. I love the story - how it all starts out as an innocent favor but then blossoms into the love of a lifetime. Oh my heart! But I can't lie..the acting in this movie is ridiculous and really hard to take seriously. Plus A Walk in the Clouds feels reeeaaaally long for most of the movie. But I can't turn it down! I would recommend this movie as a one-time watch...but I'll secretly hope it hooks you with its strangeness, just like it hooked me.
There aren't any real concrete reasons why I love this movie...
call it fate???