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Clouds of Sils Maria

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France, Germany, Switzerland · 2014
Rated R · 2h 4m
Director Olivier Assayas
Starring Juliette Binoche, Kristen Stewart, Chloë Grace Moretz, Lars Eidinger
Genre Drama

A veteran actress comes face-to-face with an uncomfortable reflection of herself – and with the way the world has changed -- when she agrees to take part in a revival of the play that launched her career 20 years earlier. And if that’s difficult for her, pity her poor assistant…

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Poised between melodrama and chamber piece, then, Clouds of Sils Maria is either too silly or not silly enough.


Slant Magazine by Diego Semerene

The pleasure in watching the film becomes a linguistic one as Juliette Binoche and Kristen Stewart masterfully sharpen their words and hurl them at each other like projectiles out of a blowpipe.


IndieWire by Eric Kohn

The typically great Binoche conveys a tantalizing mixture of confidence and unease as she considers her glamorous past and undetermined future.


The Playlist by Jessica Kiang

At best a handful of transitory pleasures, Sils Maria threads through the peaks and valleys of weighty, interesting topics, but makes no lasting impression on them.


CineVue by John Bleasdale

Both actresses are excellent, with Binoche given more to do and she flips between attempting to get into the skin of her character and back to her normal self. Stewart, on the other hand, has an easy naturalism as she moves from devotion to rebellion without ever being able to fully express herself.


The Guardian by Peter Bradshaw

If Assayas's film finally falls just shy of being great art itself, it is at least handsomely staged and played with conviction.


Variety by Peter Debruge

Binoche leaves audiences with the same exhilarating feeling here — of having witnessed something precious and rare — answering the challenge of Assayas’ script by revealing a character incredibly closer to her soul.


The Dissolve by Scott Tobias

Clouds Of Sils Maria is a great midlife crisis film, in other words, and, like Irma Vep, it’s also a great meta-commentary on contemporary moviemaking, with Assayas making keen observations about modern celebrity, screen-devouring blockbusters, Internet gossip culture, and the next generation of actresses, represented here by Kristen Stewart and Chloë Grace Moretz.


The Hollywood Reporter by Todd McCarthy

Binoche and Stewart seem so natural and life-like that it would be tempting to suggest that they are playing characters very close to themselves. But this would also be denigrating and condescending, as if to suggest that they’re not really acting at all.

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