A blog dealing with either the joy of cinema or the agony of cinema--nothing in between.
Wednesday, January 6, 2016
Clouds of Sils Maria
While travelling in the Swiss Alps en route to accept an
award on behalf of her mentor in Zurich, an actress (Juliette Binoche) learns
that the recipient and great playwright has died. Soon she finds herself
reluctantly accepting an offer to return to the stage in one of his productions
she appeared in twenty years prior, now portraying the older role. She is
quickly forced to confront certain truths, feeling threatened by her underestimated
costar (Chloe Grace Moretz) and as the lines blur between fantasy and reality
in her relationship with her personal assistant (Kristen Stewart) during line
reading. Olivier Assayas’ Clouds of Sils
Maria is beautifully shot, and although pretentious and often haughty, is
intelligently written and occasionally magical. Binoche is lovely, typically
elegant and emotive, Moretz is quite good too arriving fairly late in the picture,
although Stewart, who is getting some awards notice, doesn't quite come off as authentic.