Clouds of Sils Maria

Clouds of Sils Maria

DVD - 2015
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Rating: R; for language and brief graphic nudity.
At the peak of her international career, Maria Enders is asked to perform in a revival of the play that made her famous twenty years ago. Back then she played the role of an alluring young girl but now she is being asked to step into the older role. With her assistant, Maria prepares to play opposite a young Hollywood starlet and finds herself on the other side of the mirror, face to face with an unsettling reflection of herself.
Publisher: [Place of publication not identified] : Paramount Pictures, [2015]
Edition: Theatrical version
Characteristics: video file,DVD video,rda
digital,optical,rda
1 videodisc (124 min.) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in

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Byond
May 08, 2018

This is similar in hard to define ways to 'Personal Shopper', which might be more accessible. I can't say there was anything that should have been cut, but this goes on for 123 minutes. Some say Stewart steals the show, but it seems Binoche is more central. Her character is stressed and must adapt. Initially, her character was off putting to me, but at the end I had that rather comforting sense of a common humanity.

Someone here has posted quotes (see the quotes tab) from key scenes. They might veer toward spoilers, but they are well chosen.

More or less specific to life at the top of the European picture biz, while laying some claim to being outside of time.

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waldewart
Feb 03, 2018

A brilliant film that addresses multiple themes from art, personal relationships, youth, maturation, the Hollywood movie industry...the list goes on. Works satisfyingly at every level.

I was thoroughly surprised by the performance M. Assayas drew out of Kristen Stewart in *Personal Shopper*. From her performance in *Sils Maria*, I can see it was no fluke. some actors need the right director to get them to do their jobs properly while others allow their *stars* to cruise through productions on autopilot.

This is not a film for everyone. Those movie fans who believed Ms Stewart was brilliant in *Twilight* best look elsewhere, as they will be out of their emotional and intellectual depth in an Assayas film. If you like films with depth and tight structure, on the other hand, you might give *Sils Maria* and other films by the director they chance they deserve.

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molly
Dec 30, 2017

Kristen Stewart absolutely steals the show, WOW, marvellous acting.
This is more of an art house movie so will have a very limited audience.
British, European, Australian etc movies are SO much better than Hollywood.

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llane
Sep 22, 2017

a little confusing, strange things going on........they are not explained !!! Not explaining stuff doesn't mean it's a smarter movie- just more annoying !!!!

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dylankemp
Jul 24, 2017

I liked it. Very clever movie with a really strong cast. At times too clever, and too aware that it's clever, but it gets away with it cause it's so clever. I liked it.

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Ron@Ottawa
May 22, 2017

This is one talky film, with a plot-within-plot kind of twist. Some good editing would improve the film's flow a lot. Watchable but not great. One bonus is you get to see some scenery of the Swiss Alps.

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gingin1972
Nov 06, 2016

Boring Crap! I was waiting for something to happen, anything!

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AVLibrarian
Sep 22, 2016

Not a bad from. Just rather odd.

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kgkunzman
Sep 09, 2016

I found this film totally fascinating. Deep philosophically and emotionally. Complex characters and very rich in scenery and dialogue. I think age and maturity as a woman help me understand and appreciate this film. As one critic here points out, her assistant disappears and this is never explained or satisfactorily dealt with. That's sometimes how life is. But also, in the movie, a hint to the meaning was contained in the assistant's argument earlier that a character "doesn't have to die...she may just disappear and re-invent herself." I think the assistant leaves because her job has become too emotionally draining and she is emotionally enmeshed with Maria... and there are many sexual innuendos between them which she perhaps cannot handle.

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readyrisa
May 28, 2016

Very dull...and boring....

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jimg2000
Nov 18, 2015

SPOILER ALERT:
Maria: I read your script.
Young Filmmaker: ... I actually wrote it with you in mind.
Maria: As a mutant?
Filmmaker: I'm trying to consider genetics from a more human point of view.
Maria: When I was reading it, I imagined someone much younger...you were seeing me in movies that were made years ago, I...I've changed. ....Can I be frank? Maybe because I'm working with her, but...as I was reading it, I... I kept thinking about Jo-Ann.... she's smart, and talented. She's modern, just like your character.
Filmmaker: My character isn't modern, not in that way, anyway. She's... outside of time.
Maria: "Outside of time." I don't understand, it's too abstract for me, sorry.
Filmmaker: I don't like this era.
Maria: You're wrong, it's yours.
Filmmaker: Hey, man, I didn't choose it. And if my era is Jo-Ann Ellis and viral internet scandals, I think I'm entitled to feel unrelated, aren't I? I mean, it's nothing against her, I guess I just assumed you'd understand.

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jimg2000
Nov 18, 2015

Maria: "Excel and to know how to show it, is to be excelled twice." Baltasar Gracian said that.
Valentine: I have no idea who that is, but he was right.
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Valentine: At 20, you saw Sigrid's ambition and you saw her violence because you felt this in yourself.
Maria: So?
Valentine: So, what I'm saying... it...this text is like an object. it's gonna change perspective based on where you're standing.
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Jo-Ann: Well, no one really gives a freak about Helena at that point, do they? I'm sorry, but, I mean, it's pretty clear to me, this poor woman's all washed up. I mean your character, right, not you? When Sigrid leaves Helena's office, Helena's a wreck, and we get it, ya know, it time to move on. I think they want what comes next.

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jimg2000
Nov 18, 2015

Maria: Honestly, you don't find this ridiculous?
Valentine: Why, because she speaks brutally?
Maria: No, because it's phony, I don't believe it.
Valentine: So you don't think people can be blinded by their own emotions?
Maria: Yes, I do, but not to that extent. Too theoretical. Even a little stupid.
Valentine: It's theater. It's an interpretation of life that can be truer than life itself.
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Valentine: Well, don't you want to get that innocence back?
Maria: You can't get innocent twice.
Valentine: You can. If you just accepted Helena the way you accepted Sigrid.

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