Jennifer Ross | Chicago Reader

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There is a difference between a movie and a film. Clouds of Sils Maria is a film. Maria, played by Juliete Binoche, plays a timeless actress who is forced to face her life as having matured beyond the technicality of youth. She resists accepting a role that would make this fact a reality in her own mind; however, the relationship between herself and her captivating assistant, Valetine (played by Kristin Stewart), is not so very different than the fictitious relationship that is the topic of the play she finds herself rehearsing for. When Maria is reading lines with Valentine in several separate scenes, it is easily seen as having been scripted to depict their current relational circumstances. The director does a haunting job of making you wonder if they are rehearsing or actually having the conversation(s) amongst themselves. There are so many levels of depth to this film. I could go on, but this is a review, not a paper...

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Posted by Jennifer Ross on 02/11/2015 at 7:48 AM

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