Excerpt: Nonostante le ottime interpretazioni della Binoche, di Cloe Moretz e soprattutto della Stewart – che per la prima volta sembra davvero capace di recitare un ruolo – Sils Maria rimane un’occasione colta solo a metà.
Excerpt: Olivier Assayas utiliza la reflexión de una actriz madura sobre su propia carrera y su éxito, para hacer un ensayo sobre lo que significa el paso del tiempo y cómo afecta nuestra vanidad y nuestros actos.
Excerpt: Clouds of Sils Maria belongs to a small battery of recent films, including Alejandro Gonzalez Iñárritu’s Oscar-winning Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance) and Roman Polanski’s Venus in Fur (both 2014), which meditate on the process of actors creating new realities as they wrestle with the purity of the text and the complexity of existence. The corollary to his recurring theme is that Olivier Assayas knows that however much artists might wish it and be facilely in love with the notion of art and life conjoining, it never does.
Excerpt: When Val pleads with her employer to look past the veneer of a rising starlet’s goofy superhero role to the talent beneath, you can actually hear Kristen Stewart justifying her own work in the Twilight movies. She is every bit Binoche’s match in these conversations.