Clouds of Sils Maria


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


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 (168) | Top Critics (48) | Fresh (151) | Rotten (17)

  • As Valentine and Marie argue over their interpretations of the play, it sparks an ongoing discussion about youth, aging, memory, superstition and fame.

    Mar 9, 2017 | Full Review…
  • Kristen Stewart achieves the impressive feat of outshining Juliette Binoche in this rich drama from Olivier Assayas.

    May 15, 2015 | Rating: 3/5
  • [Olivier Assayas'] real genius is casting Kristen Stewart as Binoche's harried and bespectacled personal assistant, Valentine.

    May 14, 2015 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

    Kate Muir

    Times (UK)
    Top Critic
  • It's mature, complex and talky - Bergmanesque.

    May 14, 2015 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

    Steve Rose

    Top Critic
  • An enigmatic chamber drama in the tradition of Ingmar Bergman, centred on two women who could be mirror images or aspects of a single self.

    May 7, 2015 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…
  • Stewart is surprisingly good.

    May 7, 2015 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

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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