Starring Juliette Binoche, Kristen Stewart, Chloë Grace Moretz, Lars Eidinger, Johnny Flynn
2015 / 124 Minutes / Sundance Selects
Clouds of Sils Maria is a slow moving, but overall quite interesting and captivating film. There is a lot to this movie that doesn’t really hit you until the end. It’s complex and makes you really think about these characters and their emotions.
The first half is slow and takes quite a while to get anywhere, but once it does it pays off really well and sits with you long after. At times I felt a little frustrated with it and just wanted something to happen, but there was something about it that left me thinking in the end. It could have been the absolutely brilliant performance by Juliette Binoche. She’s always amazing, but she really becomes this character and becomes the role she’s trying to play. Also shockingly brilliant and I never thought I would ever say this… Kristen Stewart. In my opinion this is the first time I can honestly say her performance was exceptional, it’s hands down her best to date. She still has a very Kristen Stewart performance about it, but there was more to this with the subtle emotion behind her that stood out.
There were definitely some parts of this movie that lost me and I struggled a bit to get through, but it always dragged me back in and after it was over I had that Aha moment and really took it all in and embraced it.
Don’t go into this movie expecting a lot to happen, this is a thinker and you have to be in the mood for it, but if you are you’ll be pleasantly surprised at how well made this is. Come Oscar time I hope Binoche is remembered as well as the amazing script… even Stewart I would say could have a chance.