CLOUD ATLAS (2012), based on the novel by David Mitchell, tells a richly layered story with powerful themes. Several story lines intersect at different points in history and with the same actors playing different roles each defined by an impulse toward light (freedom, love, progress) and dark (repression, greed, evil). These impulses result in the same people making the same mistakes throughout history, defining the human condition. I don’t think one should look for too much clarity in the relevance of each plotline and how it all connects; it’s best enjoyed for the overall theme. Recommended.