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Clouds of Sils Maria


A veteran actress comes face-to-face with an uncomfortable reflection of herself when she agrees to take part in a revival of the play that launched her career 20 years earlier.

Actors: Juliette Binoche , Kristen Stewart , Chloë Grace Moretz , Lars Eidinger , Brady Corbet , Johnny Flynn , Hanns Zischler , Aljoscha Stadelmann , Luise Berndt , Gilles Tschudi
Directors: Olivier Assayas
Release: 2015-04-10
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  • David Ehrlich

    It’s a sexy concept that will thrill Assayas neophytes, but the director’s longtime fans will find its pleasures virtually pornographic.

    Time Out New York Full Review
  • Alonso Duralde

    Assayas clearly loves actresses — their spontaneity and their self-doubt, and the mercurial way they can switch from one to the other — and Clouds of Sils Maria offers both a compassionate exploration of their lives and a powerful showcase for three of them to do some of their best work to date.

    TheWrap Full Review
  • Eric Kohn

    The typically great Binoche conveys a tantalizing mixture of confidence and unease as she considers her glamorous past and undetermined future.

    indieWIRE Full Review
  • Andrew O'Hehir

    Kristen Stewart doesn’t screw it up. She’s in on the joke, but she never plays Valentine as a joke. She’s alive and alert and present in every second of screen time, alongside one of the greatest living European actresses, working not for herself but for the benefit of a strange, imperfect and sometimes brilliant film. There’s nothing more you can ask. Full Review
  • Manohla Dargis

    The three women in Clouds of Sils Maria love, talk and move, move, move, sharing lives, trading roles and performing parts. The lives they lead are messy and indeterminate, but each woman’s life belongs to her.

    The New York Times Full Review
  • David Edelstein

    Assayas’s pace is easy, his structure linear: no tricky flashbacks, no jagged cuts. There’s so little in the way of histrionics that it’s hard to put one’s finger on why the film is so terrifically intense — except that each actress is, in her own peculiar way, preternaturally high-strung, able to convey momentous emotional stakes without raising her voice above the pitch of conversation.

    New York Magazine (Vulture) Full Review
  • Stephanie Zacharek

    The movie's true center, the meteorological phenomenon that makes it so pleasurable to watch, is the half-prickly, half-affectionate interplay between Binoche and Stewart.

    Village Voice Full Review
  • Scott Tobias

    Clouds Of Sils Maria is a great midlife crisis film, in other words, and, like Irma Vep, it’s also a great meta-commentary on contemporary moviemaking, with Assayas making keen observations about modern celebrity, screen-devouring blockbusters, Internet gossip culture, and the next generation of actresses, represented here by Kristen Stewart and Chloë Grace Moretz.

    The Dissolve Full Review
  • Peter Debruge

    Binoche leaves audiences with the same exhilarating feeling here — of having witnessed something precious and rare — answering the challenge of Assayas’ script by revealing a character incredibly closer to her soul.

    Variety Full Review
  • Steven Rea

    Hugely affecting - and reflective and witty.

    Philadelphia Inquirer Full Review
  • Ty Burr

    A meditation on fame, acting, aging, and acceptance, “Clouds” is a multilayered rapture on the subject of woman, performing. Not only does the film demand repeat viewings, it rewards them.

    Boston Globe Full Review
  • Richard Roeper

    Clouds of Sils Maria is an expertly filmed insider’s look at the film business, the trappings of fame and the unstoppable, sometimes bone-chilling march of time. It’s complex and wickedly funny and dark, and it features the best ensemble acting of any film I’ve seen so far this year.

    Chicago Sun-Times Full Review
  • Glenn Kenny

    Clouds of Sils Maria is oodles more poetic and enigmatic than the term “backstage drama” generally encompasses. Full Review
  • Peter Travers

    Recalling the best movies about actors, from "All About Eve" to "Birdman," Clouds of Sils Maria is a bonbon spiked with wit and malice. It's also a penetrating look into the female psyche, a specialty of critic-turned-filmmaker Olivier Assayas, who wrote Juliette Binoche her first starring role, as a young actress in 1985's "Rendez-vous."

    Rolling Stone Full Review
  • Diego Costa

    The pleasure in watching the film becomes a linguistic one as Juliette Binoche and Kristen Stewart masterfully sharpen their words and hurl them at each other like projectiles out of a blowpipe.

    Slant Magazine Full Review
  • Chris Nashawaty

    If Ingmar Bergman had directed a remake of "All About Eve," it might have looked something like Clouds of Sils Maria. Mysterious and narratively playful, Olivier Assayas’ film features a trio of finely calibrated female performances that examine the psychological toll of being an actress — or working for one.

    Entertainment Weekly Full Review
  • Anthony Lane

    In one respect, though not a major one, it is a masterpiece: seldom will you find a better class of fadeout.

    The New Yorker Full Review
  • Betsy Sharkey

    Stewart does exactly what Valentine describes as Jo-Ann's great gift — she becomes the character, completing disappearing inside Valentine. It makes the interplay between Binoche, a master of that sort of disappearing act as well, and Stewart mesmerizing to watch.

    Los Angeles Times Full Review
  • Joe Neumaier

    This is the film that fulfills whatever promise Kristen Stewart has shown for more than a decade.

    New York Daily News Full Review
  • Peter Bradshaw

    If Assayas's film finally falls just shy of being great art itself, it is at least handsomely staged and played with conviction.

    The Guardian Full Review
  • Robbie Collin

    This is a complex, bewitching and melancholy drama, another fearlessly intelligent film from Assayas.

    The Telegraph Full Review
  • Mick LaSalle

    It’s not a combination most of us would’ve thought of, but Stewart and Binoche bring out the best in each other.

    San Francisco Chronicle Full Review
  • Michael Phillips

    By design, the dialogue from the (fictional) play comments directly on the central, shifting power relationship in the film, sometimes elegantly, sometimes a little awkwardly.

    Chicago Tribune Full Review
  • Peter Rainer

    This is one of the few films that captures the complex intensity of the diva/personal assistant dynamic.

    Christian Science Monitor Full Review
  • Ignatiy Vishnevetsky

    Binoche and Stewart inhabit their characters’ complicated friendship, whether they’re doing the nuts-and-bolts, behind-the-scenes business of managing a career or getting drunk at a small casino.

    The A.V. Club Full Review
  • Rex Reed

    The movie moves as slowly as the oncoming fog, but Juliette Binoche is always a pleasure to watch, despite an awkward coda set in London that I found jarring.

    New York Observer Full Review
  • Joe Morgenstern

    Clouds Of Sils Maria. swirls with provocative ideas, but they’re talked about more than dramatized

    Wall Street Journal Full Review
  • Todd McCarthy

    Binoche and Stewart seem so natural and life-like that it would be tempting to suggest that they are playing characters very close to themselves. But this would also be denigrating and condescending, as if to suggest that they’re not really acting at all.

    The Hollywood Reporter Full Review
  • Guy Lodge

    Poised between melodrama and chamber piece, then, Clouds of Sils Maria is either too silly or not silly enough.

    HitFix Full Review
  • James Berardinelli

    In the end, there's a sense that director Olivier Assayas is more concerned about making a point than telling a story.

    ReelViews Full Review
  • Stephanie Merry

    Olivier Assayas’s drama is intriguingly ambiguous and strangely constructed, and there seems to be symbolism lurking in every shot. Yet, despite acting that dazzles and no shortage of artistry, the movie is more fun to ponder than to sit through.

    Washington Post Full Review
  • John Bleasdale

    Both actresses are excellent, with Binoche given more to do and she flips between attempting to get into the skin of her character and back to her normal self. Stewart, on the other hand, has an easy naturalism as she moves from devotion to rebellion without ever being able to fully express herself.

    CineVue Full Review
  • Jessica Kiang

    At best a handful of transitory pleasures, Sils Maria threads through the peaks and valleys of weighty, interesting topics, but makes no lasting impression on them.

    The Playlist Full Review
  • Kyle Smith

    A backstage drama that has all the sizzle of a glass of water resting on the windowsill, Olivier Assayas’ Clouds of Sils Maria mistakes lack of dramatic imagination for smoldering subtlety.

    New York Post Full Review
  • Ian Freer

    It gives artistic types an easy ride but it’s a feast of rich writing and great acting. And if you’ve only ever seen Kristen Stewart in Twilight movies, she is in a different class here.

    Empire Full Review
  • Marjorie Baumgarten

    Although there are shades of "All About Eve" here, the resonances lean more toward the fluid identities of the actresses in Ingmar Bergman’s work or even Assayas’ own "Irma Vep."

    Austin Chronicle Full Review
  • Steve Persall

    For those viewers who've watched Stewart's recent progression in offbeat films like Camp X-Ray and Still Alice — when she held her own opposite Academy Award winner Julianne Moore — it shouldn't be a surprise. Clouds of Sils Maria matches Stewart with another Oscar honoree, Juliette Binoche, with equally impressive results.

    Tampa Bay Times Full Review
  • Jeff Baker

    The easy chemistry between Binoche and Stewart is reason enough to see Clouds of Sils Maria.

    Portland Oregonian Full Review
  • Calvin Wilson

    Brilliant performances aside, Clouds of Sils Maria is overlong and much too self-indulgently an “art film.” It might have benefited from being just a bit more grounded.

    St. Louis Post-Dispatch Full Review
  • James Mottram

    Not the promised insider’s peek but Assayas and Binoche are still a potent combo, nailing the fragility of an actress facing the ageing process.

    Total Film Full Review
  • Lawrence Toppman

    Everything about this film, from the title to the metaphors, remains cloudy. And you can watch clouds only so long before you realize they don’t have any weight at all.

    Charlotte Observer Full Review
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