One of the things I loved most about Cloud Atlas was the relationship between the characters played by Doona Bae and Jim Sturgess. I’m in love with the idea that they are eternal lovers. That their love is so strong, it transcends time, and they will always find each other no matter what.

Most of their story together occurs in the Neo Seoul segment, as Sonmi-451 and Hae-Joo Chang. Hae-Joo sets Sonmi free and fiercely protects her, while also giving her the courage to be the symbol of rebellion she is destined to become.  He then dies defending her, so that she could get her message out. In her interview before her execution, Sonmi is asked whether she loved him. She says she does, and that she will always love him. She also sees death as a door, and that her idea of heaven would be a door opening to reveal Hae-Joo. 

Of course, this is a visual she has already experienced in a past life. I was overcome with emotion when Doona Bae showed up again as Tilda, rushing to greet Sturgess’ Adam Ewing after his long journey home.  She then stands by her husband as they decide to help with the abolitionist movement, the two of them once again fighting for the greater good.

Finally, there’s the small cameo they have in the Luisa Rey story, appearing in a photograph as the parents of an elderly Sixsmith’s niece. This just makes me so happy. Somewhere out there during the 70’s, these two found each other once again.

Both characters die heroically in 2144, and yet I still feel that this couple gets a happy ending. They will always love each other, whether it’s the past, present, or future. It’s a beautiful thing.

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