Sunday, April 17, 2016

Clouds of Sils Maria 2014

      Sils Maria is a remote region of the Alps.  Maria Enders and her assistant Valentine go to this area for Maria to rehearse for a role in a play.  Maria has been selected because this is a revival of a play she was acted in when she was 18 years old.  Twenty years have passed since this role established her career.  This time around she would play the older woman and another actress will play the younger woman.  Maria is at the top of her career and she decides she wants to drop out of this commitment.  She decides she would rather play the younger woman again.  Her agent thinks she will be sued if she tries to back out.
      The problem I have with this film is the scenes with Binoche and Stewart in rehearsal.  Where do the lines of the play drop off and the conversation lines between the two women begin?  They seem to merge and blend together until I couldn’t tell the difference?  I couldn’t keep my interest going and kept delaying trying to figure it all out?  The scenes of this area are very beautiful.  3* (This movie is OK)

124 min, Drama directed by Olivier Assayas with Juliette Binoche, Kristen Stewart, Chloe Grace Moretz, Lars Eidinger, Johnny Flynn, Angela Winkler, Hanns Zischler, Nora von Waldstatten, Brady Corbet.

Note:  Imdb 6.8 out of 10, 89% critic 65% audience on Rotten Tomatoes, Roger Ebert 3 ½*, Amazon 3.4* out of 5* with 284 reviews.
Special Note:  This movie was filmed in Switzerland, Italy and Germany.

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