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Clouds of Sils Maria (2015)

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Critic Consensus: 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
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R (for language and brief graphic nudity)
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Drama
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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
Aljoscha Stadelmann
as Urs Kobler
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 DeMaigret
as Chanel Press Agent
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 (149) | Top Critics (41)

It meditates long and hard on questions of age, sincerity, celebrity and love, piling irony on irony. And it features a remarkably natural performance by Kristen Stewart that's so unastounding it's astounding.

Full Review… | May 1, 2015
Detroit News
Top Critic

Binoche, on whom the camera affectionately lingers, makes herself achingly vulnerable. Though the film feels at times a bit cloudy and enigmatic, it's often fascinating in its juxtapositions.

Full Review… | April 30, 2015
Seattle Times
Top Critic

Brilliant performances aside, "Clouds of Sils Maria" is overlong and much too self-indulgently an "art film." It might have benefited from being just a bit more grounded.

Full Review… | April 30, 2015
St. Louis Post-Dispatch
Top Critic

Clouds of Sils Maria is fiendishly wise to the ways of show business, particularly the boxes in which it places women. But the film offers more than that.

Full Review… | April 24, 2015
Dallas Morning News
Top Critic

The real star turns out to be the play itself: the early masterpiece of a now-deceased writer, a work of such mirrorlike perfection that it reveals entirely different things to different people.

Full Review… | April 23, 2015
San Diego Reader
Top Critic

It's winding, and it sure takes time and patience, and it's not all that clearly marked. But by the end, you're left with quite a view.

Full Review… | April 23, 2015
Associated Press
Top Critic

Audience Reviews for Clouds of Sils Maria

½

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 Marie
Nicki Marie

Super Reviewer

Fiction and reality (in this case, "reality") merge in this fascinating meta-discussion that brings to mind Ingmar Bergman's Persona and also works as a biting satire on celebrity culture, with excellent performances from its three actresses, especially a surprising Kristen Stewart.

Carlos Magalhães
Carlos Magalhães

Super Reviewer

½

It's safe to say that Clouds of Sils Maria is a character study. Beyond that though I'm not exactly sure how to label what Oliver Assayas is trying to say with this piece. That is to say, it's a bit dramatically gray. Val enjoys working for Maria, a famous actress. Maria treasures Val's youthful energy. Kristin Stewart inhabits a woman that almost seems tailored made to suit her own temperament. She's at her very best. When Val pleads with her employer to look past the veneer of a rising starlet's goofy superhero role to the talent beneath, you can actually hear Stewart justifying her own work in the Twilight movies. She is every bit Binoche's match in these conversations. Stewart's work here is a reminder of just how great she can be. In the end, one can at least say Clouds simply concerns time, or the passage of it and how it affects us. Director Assayas understands women. With this production, he has created a richly textured examination of individuals with three juicy female parts. There are a few men in the picture too, but they are inconsequential additions merely there to support the girls. Ah yes, Clouds of Sils Maria is that rare meaningful film where women are the sole purpose of the tale. Yes for those familiar with the Bechdel Test, this passes with flying colors. fastfilmreviews.com

Mark Hobin
Mark Hobin

Super Reviewer

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