Cloud Atlas Vs. The Master
Directed by Paul Thomas Anderson
Actors reappear as various characters of different genders, ages, and races throughout time, as the acts of kindness and cruelty ricochet across various incarnations and time.
"The Master" is a film about a manic drifter who meets up with a charismatic cult leader who claims to have known him in another time.The drifter joins his group and struggles with his faith in the leader, like other recent independent films "Sound Of My Voice" and "Martha Marcy May Marlene".
"Cloud Atlas" is essentially a literalized version of "The Master's" cult ideology The Cause and its belief in past traumas and conjoined souls interconnected across history, but "Cloud Atlas" arguments are seemingly metaphysics while "The Master" are existential.
"The point of this exercise is to Pick a direction, any direction, and then drive as fast as you can"
When Dodd finally tells Freddie about the past life they shared together, its a devastating blow, an obvious manipulation to win him back to the cause of spreading the message with Dodd.