Clouds of Sils Maria

2015

Clouds of Sils Maria

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Bolstered by a trio of powerful performances from its talented leads, Clouds of Sils Maria is an absorbing, richly detailed drama with impressive depth and intelligence.

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Maria Enders (Juliette Binoche) is an actress at the peak of her international career who is asked to perform in a revival of the play that made her famous twenty years earlier. Back then she played the role of Sigrid, an alluring young woman who disarms and eventually drives her boss Helena to suicide. Now she is being asked to step into the other role, that of the older Helena. She departs with her assistant (Kristen Stewart) to rehearse in Sils Maria, a remote region of the Alps. A young Hollywood starlet with a penchant for scandal (Chloë Grace Moretz) is to take on the role of Sigrid, and Maria finds herself on the other side of the mirror, face to face with an ambiguously charming woman who is, in essence, an unsettling reflection of herself. (C) Sundance Selects

Cast

Juliette Binoche
as Maria Enders
Kristen Stewart
as Valentine
Chloë Grace Moretz
as Jo-Ann Ellis
Lars Eidinger
as Klaus Diesterweg
Johnny Flynn
as Christopher Giles
Brady Corbet
as Piers Poaldson
Hanns Zischler
as Henryk Wald
Nora von Waldstatten
as Actress in Sci-fi movie
Angela Winkler
as Rosa Melchior
Giles Tschudi
as Mayor of Zurich
Claire Tran
as Maria's London Assistant
Peter Farkas
as Journalist in Zurich
Stuart Manashil
as Maria's Agent
Ben Posener
as Journalist in London
Ricardia Bramley
as Talk-Show Host
Gilles Tschudi
as Mayor of Zurich
Caroline De Maigret
as Chanel Press Attaché
Arnold Giamara
as Concierge in Waldhaus
Sean McDonagh
as Theatre Assistant in London
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Critic Reviews for Clouds of Sils Maria

All Critics (169) | Top Critics (50) | Fresh (152) | Rotten (17)

  • Sils Maria is the ultimate hangout movie. Maybe when I say hangout movie you think of Richard Linklater or Kevin Smith, but I'd take Kristen Stewart and Juliette Binoche spending quality time on a mountain over those any day. [TOP 50 FILMS OF THE DECADE]

    December 4, 2019 | Full Review…

    Orla Smith

    Seventh Row
    Top Critic
  • It took its time, but Clouds of Sils Maris is definitely a memorable and thought-provoking festival watch driven home by the excellent performances and chemistry between Binoche and Stewart.

    August 30, 2019 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…
  • Assayas has built a beautiful character driven drama of depth and resonance all centered around the interactions between three women with well-developed complex rules.

    August 5, 2019 | Rating: 4.5/5 | Full Review…
  • While Assayas is busy naval-gazing, the three actresses manage to snatch Clouds of Sils Maria away from him - keeping the focus where it ought to be in the first place.

    June 30, 2019 | Full Review…
  • Clouds of Sils Maria pertinently discusses the nature of interpreting art, but its tedious attention to paparazzi-plagued celebrities is shallower and skews its already meandering trajectory.

    May 10, 2019 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…
  • Clouds of Sils Maria is at its most captivating when observing the discourse between Binoche and Stewart as the pair masterfully ricochet lines off one another in a volatile ballet of remarkable linguistic dexterity.

    April 5, 2019 | Full Review…

    Patrick Gamble

    CineVue
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Audience Reviews for Clouds of Sils Maria

  • Jun 09, 2016
    Hard to rate. I couldn't honestly say I loved it, and parts were down right dull, also, 2 plus hours is a big ask for this very slow movie. However, I would have to say it is a well made movie and I think there is something not immediately accessible that is good about it. It's definitely one to think about as I think a lot is personal interpretation so different people will get different messages from it. Or not at all, and be bored. I'm glad I pressed on, not sure I would watch again. I certainly will be thinking about it fir quite some time, though.
    Nicki M Super Reviewer
  • Dec 22, 2015
    There is so much about Clouds of Sils Maria that you won't see coming; least of all the knock out performance from Kristen Stewart. She so effortlessly holds her own against the typically magnetic Binoche to the point where she steals the show; a feat made all the more impressive considering the duo share most of the screen time together, with not a second of fineness wasted between them. Which is an important dynamic, as Clouds is fundamentally rich in character because of the two, but the light-as-air narrative moves at a glacial pace. It's slow, but the absorbing interplay of dialogue highlights the complexities in their multi-layered, nuanced performances. The honesty and openness shared by the characters often feels ethereal, much like the setting they find themselves in, but also force these characters to become far more fascinating than they would otherwise have been. Clouds is a captivating character study that will be a struggle for some, but is all the more rewarding thanks to its incredible lead performances that will stay with you long after the credits roll.
    Jason S Super Reviewer
  • Jul 17, 2015
    Clouds of Sils Maria is an absorbing drama and inside look at how actors prepare for roles. While there isn't too much going on, the three lead performances, notable work from Binoche and Stewart, help make this entertaining if not spectacular. Rating: 72
    Bradley J Super Reviewer
  • Jul 16, 2015
    It feels a little like Bergman Lite, with Assayas going down some familiar (and occasionally a little obvious) roads. It's still intriguing however, due in no small part to Binoche who gives an unsurprisingly complex and nuanced performance . . . and you know, Stewart isn't half bad herself here.
    Alec B Super Reviewer

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