CIFF Capsule Review: The Clouds Of Sils Maria


Has Juliette Binoche ever delivered a poor performance? The answer, to be blunt, is no. She’s one of those actors who is spot on regardless of the material she’s given. That was one of the main reasons I wanted to see Olivier Assayas’s latest film, The Clouds Of Sils Maria. The film features a small but great mostly female cast with supporting roles played by Kristen Stewart and Chloe Grace Moretz.

Assayas has come into his own as a director over his last few films, so it’s no surprise that he brought back his favorite star Binoche. She plays a famous actor confronted with her own maturation when a hotshot director asks her to revisit the play that made her famous. The problem: he wants her to play the role of Helena, the defeated older woman seduced by the younger Sigrid-the part that launched her career twenty years earlier.

The film is dialogue-driven, but features some amazing landscapes from the area of Sils Maria in Switzerland. It’s beautiful to look at, but the script, sometimes brutally funny, gives you a lot to think about.

The Clouds Of Sils Maria has two showings at the Chicago International Film Festival-October 16th at 8:15pm and October 18th at 4:30. You can find tickets here.

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