Clouds of Sils Maria

The Movie Snob goes to the movies.

Clouds of Sils Maria  (B-).  The reviewer for the Dallas Morning News loved this movie, but I found that I only liked it—and half-heartedly at that.  Juliette Binoche (Summer Hours) stars as Maria Enders, a successful French actress of a certain age who lately has “gone Hollywood” by appearing in some big sci-fi pics.  While traveling in Europe with her personal assistant Valentine (Kristen Stewart, Adventureland), Maria is approached about starring in a revival of the play that launched her career some 20-odd years before.  But this time, she will playing Helena, a pitiful middle-aged woman, and not Sigrid, the 18-year-old firebrand who upends Helena’s world.  This is a slow, talky movie, and although I’m about Maria’s age, I couldn’t really relate to her.  Nor did I think Stewart’s performance was anything to write home about.  She was pretty much the same character she always is, expressionless and vaguely melancholy.  Chlöe Grace Moretz (Hugo) adds a dash of interest as the Lohanesque actress who signs on to play the new Sigrid.

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