The Lambs' young son, Fish, is brain damaged after nearly drowning. Miles away, in a life-changing moment, Sam Pickles loses the fingers of his right hand. Hoping to start again, both families move into a big, boarded-up house at No. 1 Cloud Street.
The industrious Lester and Oriel Lamb open a store, irritating feckless Sam and Dolly Pickles. Sam gets a job at the mint, and Dolly spends more time at the pub. Quick Lamb witnesses another tragedy, and Oriel makes a drastic decision.
Years have passed. The Lambs and Pickles still live together, their children now young adults. Dolly forces Rose, her brainy, scornful daughter, to quit school and get a job. Her son, Ted, is now a jockey. Fish's erratic behavior pushes Quick to the breaking point, and Oriel declares war on a competitor.
Rose learns that her boyfriend, Toby, isn't what he seems. Lester protects Sam from debt collectors, with unexpected results. With Quick away, Oriel copes with Fish. Quick learns that his connection with Fish is deeper than he knew, and Sam has a run of good luck.
Winning moments never last. Bad news from Adelaide drives Dolly further into the bottle. Events and bizarre visions bring Quick back home, where the house is groaning more than ever. Rose feels detached from her family, especially her mother.
It's now the mid-1950s. Sam considers selling the house, making everyone realize how much life there means to them. Rose and Quick find each other, which reconciles Rose and her mother at last. With the families in harmony, there is one more journey to complete.
- Behind-the-scenes segments including Adapting an Australian Classic, About the Characters, Creating the World of Cloudstreet, About Fish, From Novel to Script to Screen, Creating the Magic, Creating the Music, and more
Run Time: 365 minutes, plus bonus programming
Number of Discs: 3
Color or B&W: Color
Region Code: 1
Aspect Ratio: 16:9
“Funny, warm, real, heartbreaking and altogether masterly” The Guardian(UK)
“Stunning” Western Mail (Australia)
“Infused with Winton’s rich language” The Sydney Morning Herald (Australia)
"A triumph" - The Australian
I was absolutely intrigued by the dynamics between the two families, as well as between individual family members. I've always loved Australian TV shows and movies that have managed to appear here in America which is one reason I purchased the DVD set.
One of the best.New classics
After I got the gist of the story , 10 minutes in, I enjoyed the drame very much. I found it intriging and the acting suburb. I did howevcer, have to use the subtitles because I couldn't understand all the speech patterns and found I was missing some important info, both about the characters and the plot.
Cloudstreet is one of those rare gems that brings sharply into focus a time caught between war and poverty. It unfolds the changing relationships of two families facing their lives amidst the turmoil and joys of incomplete lives. The direction of such is unknown. The future is yet to be. However, the past is haunting each choice they make. Excellent drama and creepy mystery makes this a spellbinding story.