Juliette Binoche and Kristen Stewart in Clouds of Sils Maria

If Ingmar Bergman had directed a remake of All About Eve, it might have looked something like Clouds of Sils Maria. Mysterious and narratively playful, Olivier Assayas’ film features a trio of finely calibrated female performances that examine the psychological toll of being an actress—or working for one. Juliette Binoche wears her emotions on her sleeve as Maria, an aging international star tapped for a revival of the play that made her famous. Only this time, she’s being asked to play the older lead instead of the ingenue. Kristen Stewart is cool perfection as her assistant, giving as good as she gets despite the power imbalance in their relationship. And Chloë Grace Moretz nails the part of a Lohan-esque Hollywood wild child who’s a constant reminder of Maria’s obsolescence. Yes, it’s been done before. But Clouds is a haunting look at the anxieties of a profession where blurring the line between fantasy and reality is both part of the job description and a vocational hazard. B+

Clouds of Sils Maria
  • Movie
  • 123 minutes