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Friday, 8 January 2016

CLOUDS OF SILS MARIA [2014]

Irma Vep director Oliver Assayas brings us Clouds of Sils Maria, a deceivingly complex French character drama that astounds with it's leading performances.
An aging actress (meticulously played by Juliette Binoche) accepts a role in a play that launched her career many years ago, only now she's playing the older woman opposite the younger role she once portrayed.
Watching Binoche and Kristen Stewart, as her PA, is an absolute delight as the two clash, bond and observe the world with different eyes with such clever nuance, playfulness and sincerity.  Toss Chloë Grace Moretz into the mix as a reckless, yet talented, actress and you have some of the best quiet character driven scenes composed in a long long time.  It's life imitates art story is a familiar one but rarely is it graced with these sort of performances and moments of tantalizing dialogues.
It might seem like it's moving at a snail's pace but find it's underlying lessons & questions and you'll discover a thoughtful cinematic gem.

4 brain snakes out of 5

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