Sunday, February 26, 2017

Clouds of Sils Maria 2014

      Sils Maria is a remote region of the Alps.  Maria Enders and her assistant travel to this area for Maria to rehearse a role in a play.  Maria has been selected to act in a revival of a play she did 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 this commitment.  She feels she would rather play the younger woman again.  Her agent thinks she will face a lawsuit if she takes the step of backing out of the production.
      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 begin?  They seem to merge and blend together until I couldn’t tell the difference?  I couldn’t keep my interest going and kept putting off trying to figure it all out?  If you are looking for a thought provoking film, this is for you.  If action is what you are looking for, look for something different from this film.  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 64% audience on Rotten Tomatoes, Roger Ebert 3 ½*, Amazon 3.4* out of 5* with 346 reviews.
Special Note:  This movie was filmed in Switzerland, Italy and Germany.  The French fashion house of Channel provided the actresses with clothes, jewelry, accessories and makeup.  Also, some financing was given to allow Olivier Assayas to film on 35-mm film instead of digitally.

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