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The Clouds of Sils Maria

The Clouds of Sils Maria

Deutschland/Frankreich/Schweiz 2014 - mit Juliette Binoche, Kristen Stewart, Chloë Grace Moretz, Lars Eidinger ...

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Originaltitel:Clouds of Sils Maria
Regie:Olivier Assayas
Produktionsland:Deutschland/Frankreich/Schweiz 2014
Laufzeit:Ca. 124 min.
FSK:From 6 years
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Twenty years ago the actress Maria Enders (Juliette Binoche) celebrated her big breakthrough with the role of the seductive young Sigrid. Shortly after the death of the man who had written this role for her at the time, Maria receives an unexpected offer: in a new interpretation of the play, she is to play the role of Helena, the character that drove her to suicide as Sigrid two decades ago. The character who made her famous will be taken over by Hollywood starlet Jo-Ann Ellis (Chloë Grace Moretz). At first Maria is not at all enthusiastic about the idea of standing on stage for this play again after twenty years, but is then persuaded by the committed director Klaus Diesterweg (Lars Eidinger) to a "Maybe". With her assistant Valentine (Kristen Stewart) she retreats to the loneliness of the Alps of Sils Maria to rehearse the piece, but quickly realizes that she is confronted with much more than just her artistic past&.hellip;

"The Clouds of Sils Maria" is a drama about the transience of youth and about letting go of the past, spiced with a few satirical side blows on the circus dominated by oversized egos. Director Olivier Assayas ("Carlos - The Jackal") places three very different women at the centre of the story. Through the work on the play, each of these women undergoes a fundamental change, with the levels of appearance and being becoming more and more blurred. The piece penetrates more and more into reality and seems to take it over almost completely at the end. Shot in front of the fascinating natural scenery of Sils Maria in Switzerland, in Sankt Moritz and also in South Tyrol, the film can build up a very special atmosphere, which can't hide many a length.

No question, the drama is very well played. Especially Juliette Binoche is really outstanding as a celebrated actress who has to deal with her past and her lost youth. Also Kristen Stewart can convince as her faithful assistant completely, because her character simply fits very well to the role. And Chloë Grace Moretz finally is really wonderful as a scandal noodle a la Lindsey Lohan. In terms of acting, the film has some very great moments to offer, which are excellently supported by the symbolic visual language. Nevertheless, more than once there is the feeling that this story could have been told in less than two hours. Assayas get lost again and again in long shots and scenes that only seem to spin in circles. It will soon be clear where his script is headed. You don't have to get the symbolism knocked around your ears again and again.

It doesn't help that the characters themselves aren't really likeable. So it could happen to some viewers that she is simply annoyed by the constantly growing nagging between Maria and Valentine, who at some point confronts her in view of her somewhat divine-like behavior. Surely, the story has some very exciting facets, which are worth thinking about even more intensively at the end. Nevertheless, "Die Wolken von Sils Maria" is a very headstrong and not enough captivating programme cinema fare that can only be recommended to lovers of powerful arthouse fare and multi-layered women's stories. For these viewers also applies: Worth seeing!

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