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Cloud Atlas + Mallorca = True Love

The most expensive star studded blockbuster film to have been partly shot on location in Mallorca, Cloud Atlas, will hit the screens here next week.

Have you seen the movie Cloud Atlas? I haven’t yet but I will.

It has already topped the box office in a number of countries, including China, the 100 million dollar movie, the most expensive independent film ever made, opens across Europe next Friday.

Cloud Atlas is a 2012 German epic drama and science fiction film written, produced and directed by Lana and Andy Wachowski, of Matrix fame, and Tom Tykwer. Adapted from the 2004 novel by David Mitchell, the film features multiple plot lines set across six different eras and stars Tom Hanks, Halle Berry, Jim Broadbent, Hugo Weaving, James D’Arcy, Susan Sarandon and Hugh Grant, to name just a few.

The official synopsis for Cloud Atlas describes the film as: An exploration of how the actions of individual lives impact one another in the past, present and future, as one soul is shaped from a killer into a hero, and an act of kindness ripples across centuries to inspire a revolution.

The crew along with Tom hanks and Halle Berry spent most of the summer of 2011 on the island shooting in locations such as the Port of Soller, where a huge set was constructed, the beach in Formentor, sa Calobra and various locations in the Tramuntana mountains including the Puig Major.

I remember reading almost daily when the actors were here filming about every movement any of them made. Also, People magazine published several pictures of Halle Berry (affectionately called Hairy Belly here in this household) walking around Palma or on the beach with her boyfriend Olivier Martinez. And she was quoted as Mallorca being one of her new favorite get-away spots! I mean, of course, anyone who has ever visited Mallorca knows what a beautiful paradise we live in.


Sa Calobra (above) is a great beach to go to, with long curvy roads to get there. It is located in the heart of the Tramuntana mountain range (the west coast), and you can reach it via a narrow motorway that winds its way along an impressive route: 14 kilometres of asphalt that descend towards the sea with a host of curves, 12 of them at 80 degrees and one – called Nudo de la Corbata (the tie knot) – at 360º.

I went to Sa Calobra for the first time last year and I quite impressed. Walking 300 metres along the cliffs leads to the outlet of the Torrente de Pareis stream, which makes a tiny, very well-preserved pebble beach. It is an impressive site, surrounded by soaring rock walls facing the sea 30 metres long and more than 200 metres tall.

I can’t wait to see Mallorca showcased in Cloud Atlas! Check out the trailer and go see it! The opening scene in the trailer is Mallorca and most of the outdoor scenes throughout it are the island as well. Looks like a fantastic movie.

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