Clouds of Sils Maria

In this wiser, gentler 21st-century spin on themes of thespian rivalry, Juliette Binoche brings her own stellar status to the role of lauded actress Maria Enders. Marias transition to mature roles presses hard on her when shes invited to appear in a new production of the play that made her famous at 18. The legend of her brilliant debut as a young woman who seduces and abandons a powerful older woman has clung to her, but this time shes being cast as the victim. Jo-Ann (Chloë Grace Moretz), a hellraising Hollywood starlet, fresh out of rehab, will take the star-making role. The echoes of earlier films about thespian rivalry resound, but the central dynamic in Olivier Assayas thoroughly engrossing film lies in Marias bond with her savvy personal assistant Val. Kristen Stewart brings a warm naturalism to the role, playing a super-aware young woman whose independence wont be compromised, as much as she admires the woman who depends on her. The film takes place largely in the Swiss Alps where the eponymous snaking clouds provide breathtaking respite from the dramatic hall of mirrors in which the restless actress searches for significance.

Year: 2014
Genre: Drama, Film Festivals 2015
Country: France, Germany, Switzerland
Director: Olivier Assayas
Starring: Juliette Binoche, Kristen Stewart, Chloe Grace Moretz, Brady Corbet, Lars Eidinger
Duration: 118 Minutes
Rating: M - Offensive language and content that may disturb
Location in store: Art House Cinema



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