KEANU REEVES TAKES A WALK IN THE CLOUDS(also published on August 12 as a longer version under the title 'Keanu Reeves takes 'A Walk in the Clouds''; also published on August 18 as a longer version under the title 'Keanu Reeves Swept Up in Romance of 'Clouds'')
by Dan Yakir
"I didn't think of it as a romantic lead," says Keanu Reeves, running his hand through his short black hair. "But I was attracted to the project because of its romanticism." With "A Walk in the Clouds," the 30-year old actor, Hollywood's hottest and one of its more versatile, is trying his hand at a full-fledged romantic role, showing a new side of his screen persona. Reeves plays Paul, a World War II veteran and chocolate salesman who falls in love with Victoria (Aitana Sanchez-Gijon), a beautiful Mexican-American woman from an aristocratic family of Napa valley wine makers.
Directed by Alfonso Arau ("Like Water for Chocolate"), the movie, which takes place in 1945, has a decidedly different romantic tale at its core: Paul meets Victoria, who is pregnant and unmarried and afraid of her conservative family's response to her predicament. Paul volunteers to pose as her husband for a few days until she is better able to cope with the situation. The two then proceed to fall desperately in love.
"I was looking forward to (doing) such a romantic piece," says Reeves. "And I like it when it came around. You can call me a fledgling romantic. What I like about this movie is that it makes you enter a dream world. It's about a guy who would open the door for you. You might say, 'big deal,' but it is. He wants to keep giving and giving.
"It's not about one moment of lovemaking," Reeves continues, "But about a kind of magic that goes on and on, a totally romantic love built on anticipation. It's when two people feel there's only one person for each of them. What's cool here is not that there's a knight who sweeps her off her feet, but that the two save each other. I believe everybody has this kind of yearning for another person, no matter how reluctant they are to say it."