Clouds Of Sils Maria (2015) Movie Review: Binoche And Stewart Are Brilliant

  Drinking Game

Take a Drink:  when Kristen lights up a cigarette.

Take a Drink:  anytime Kristen is car sick from driving through the mountains.

Take a Drink:  each time they play some of the music (It’s a bit old school).

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Movie Review

By: 50shadesgirlportland (Two Beers) – 

Clouds of Sils Maria brings together onscreen Juliette Binoche and Kristen Stewart for an interesting movie set in the mountaintops of the Swiss Alps. The film begins with them winding their way through the mountains on a train traveling to an event for Binoche’s character, Maria- a respected actress. Stewart is on board as her assistant, Valentine. Soon after the tragic death of a friend, Maria is approached to act in a play in which she starred in during her younger acting years. This turns out to be a role reversal for her character (from the young assistant to the aging boss) with Chloe Grace Moretz playing the ingenue who takes the part that she made famous when she was younger. The movie continues to explore these interchanging roles with these three strong women.

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A Toast

This movie is like watching a play within a movie, which can be confusing at times with all the bouncing between the four characters portrayed. You are soon immersed into the characters of Maria and Valentine, though, and also the lives of the two roles they are rehearsing.

Maria and Valentine soon start to take on some of the characteristics happening inside the play.  As they return to the mountaintops of Sils Maria to spend time rehearsing for the play, the mountains, lakes, and clouds of the Maloja Snake become a integral part of the story. Their frequent hikes into the mountains are spectacular.

As rehearsal continues, Maria and Valentine’s relationship becomes more intense and the lines between reality and fiction start to blur. When conflicts increase they take one last hike into the mountains. After some time Maria goes on to star in her play in London but comes away with a different outlook on life.  Juliette Binoche and Kristen Stewart’s acting is incredible, and their chemistry is the strongest part of what makes this movie work.

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Despite the incredible scenery within Clouds of Sils Maria, the pacing is a bit slow and choppy at times. The difficulty in keeping up with the characters’ whereabouts is compounded by the way the film is segmented into two parts. The ending of the movie is then played out weeks later within a performance of the play.

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Verdict

This is directed by Olivier Assayas as more of an independent film, so it is definitely more of an in-depth look at characters and story. It is slower-paced with a lot of character development throughout. The acting of Juliette Binoche and Kristen Stewart makes it a must-see. Several awards went to the movie, including one for Stewart as the first American actress to win France’s Cesar Award.

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Fun Fact: Kristen Stewart came to love her arm tattoo she had during filming so much that afterward she had it done permanently.

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