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Clouds of Sils Maria

By S. Jhoanna Robledo, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 16+

Thoughful film about aging actress has swearing, racy parts.

Movie R 2015 123 minutes
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A strong silent journey

This film meanders but it is not lost. It takes a journey and expects its audience to stay silent through it. It is a joy to witness Binoche and Stewart in their scenes. They riff off of each other and the lines with the play within a movie blur. Interpretations, standing points, time, age, it is all on the table. Internet culture and the 24 hour news cycle, the pluses and the minuses...a strong film that you experience and let wash over you.

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An engrossing plot is burdened by over-complication toward the end of CLOUDS OF SILS MARIA, but no matter. Watching Binoche spar with Stewart, who brings her A-game here in a layered performance, is a revelation. It's a Stewart unleashed, her portrayal bold and intelligent, with dialogue that references both blockbuster movies (the kind for which Stewart became famous) and how the mockery of actresses who take on such work is lazy and unsurprising. (Moretz is a fitting third point to the triangle.)

The whole movie is, in a way, a meditation: on aging, work, art. On the employer-employee dynamic, the confidant-turned-antagonist. How can you navigate a shifting relationship, where the power arches from assistant to boss, from older to younger, in a second? How to keep on your feet? Do you surrender to the see-saw or refuse to play altogether? Clouds of Sils Maria will make you think about all of these questions and more.

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