Sunday, January 25, 2015

Clouds of Sils Maria (2014)

Director: Olivier Assayas. Cast: Juliette Binoche, Kristen Stewart, Chloë Grace Moretz. 124 min. France/Switzerland/Germany/USA/Belgium. Drama.

A veteran actress is offered to perform in the same play that made her famous twenty years ago, opposite the character that made her famous twenty years ago. Dilemma: if she outshines her younger self, is it out of profession, or just an ego trip to prove she's still relevant? Similar to Birdman, it portrays issues artists struggle with their entire life. Wise choice of Stewart as the actress' assistant who rehearses with her, as Stewart's ever-monotonous performance intentionally confuses us whether they're truly rehearsing, or is this a real relationship playing out? But boy, is she a bad actress.

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