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Clouds of Sils Maria

  • Drama
  • 2014
  • Olivier Assayas
  • 118 mins
  • 15

Summary

Drama starring Juliette Binoche, Kristen Stewart and Chloë Grace Moretz. When a renowned actress is asked to return to the stage in the play that made her name 20 years earlier, she and her assistant head to the Alps to rehearse. But the older role she's been asked to perform forces her to confront her inner demons.

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Review

A star rating of 4 out of 5.

Juliette Binoche takes centre stage as a French movie star who is on her way to Switzerland for a tribute to the elderly theatre director who discovered her, when she receives news of the great man's death. She is accompanied by her long-suffering American personal assistant (Kristen Stewart) and they decide to stay on in the Alps so that Binoche can prepare for her role in a revival of the play in which she made her name. Then, she played the younger, scheming femme fatale; this time around she'll play the older woman, opposite a currently notorious Hollywood actress (Chloë Grace Moretz) whose love life is a subject of tabloid fascination. Director Olivier Assayas's comedy drama becomes a prism to refract the disconnects between Europe and America, high-brow and low culture, generational conflicts, and artifice and authenticity. It's a wise, playful work, that pivots on a clutch of knockout naturalistic performances from the leads, especially the slyly cast, increasingly impressive Stewart who in real life has been the subject of tabloid obsession and hysteria.

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Credits

Cast

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Maria EndersJuliette Binoche
ValentineKristen Stewart
Jo-Ann EllisChloë Grace Moretz
Klaus DiesterwegLars Eidinger
Christopher GilesJohnny Flynn
Piers RoaldsonBrady Corbet
Henryk WaldHanns Zischler
Rosa MelchiorAngela Winkler

Crew

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DirectorOlivier Assayas

Details

Theatrical distributor
Curzon Film World
Released on
2015-05-15
Languages
English | German | French
Guidance
Swearing, brief nudity.
Available on
DVD and Blu-ray
Formats
Colour
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