Monday, September 21, 2015

Movie Review (SPOILER version): CLOUDS OF SILS MARIA (2014)


When renowned actress Maria Enders (Juliette Binoche) is cast opposite a young Hollywood starlet with a penchant for scandal (Chloe Grace Moretz), tensions rise as she must come to terms with what it means to be an actress in a youth-obsessed industry.

I just finished watching Clouds of Sils Maria on Amazon, and it was very interesting. It showed a "way of dealing with time", as Jo Ann Ellis (Chloe Grace Moretz) expressed in the film. It described how easy it is to fall into the trap of being afraid to move on and mature when you feel like you already have at such a young age.

The movie, stars Juliette Binoche as Maria Enders and Kristen Stewart as Valentine, as a veteran actress and her lovely personal assistant who waits on Maria's every waking need as they rehearse lines and explore the Swiss mountains and terrains while Maria fights with herself and the character she has to play 20 years later as the "villian" in the movie that originally made her career. 20 years prior, Maria played the character at 18 years old, the mysterious, young vixen who manipulated her boss, Helena. Later on, Helena is driven to suicide for the consuming pain Sigrid causes after leaving her cold.

Juliette and Kristen's comradery during the film was incredible to watch. It made me as a viewer really look at the two women as good friends rather than boss and employee. They argued like mother and daughter, as well, but you could tell that Maria really didn't take Valentine's opinions and thoughts until the very end when Valentine mysteriously disappeared and Maria started considering working with a much younger director for a similar sci-fi film that Jo Ann starred in, which Maria thought was horrendous and ridiculous. But it was only after her attachment to Valentine was pulled away from her that she started to feel that youth again.

Chloe, in her short onscreen time, was also really good. I'm used to seeing her in action-comedy movies like Kick-Ass or If I Stay, but she was good at being bratty and all over the place, while to kiss up to Maria when they met for the first time near the end of the movie.

I enjoyed this film. I might order it on DVD, or Amazon Instant Video. Something to hold on to while I wait for the next Kristen Stewart movie.

4/5 hearts ♥♥♥♥

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