Currently competing for the Palm D’or at this years Cannes, Olivier Assayas’s aging actress drama The Clouds of Sils Maria features the varied all-female cast of Juliette Binoche, Kristen Stewart and Chloë Grace-Moretz. Over his career, Assayas has experimented in a variety of genres and tones, and I have yet to see a bad film by him. I don’t expect this one to break that trend.
Maria Enders (Binoche) has a successful acting career and a loyal assistant Valentine (Stewart) but when a young actress (Moretz) interprets a role in a new movie – the same role which made Enders famous – her world starts to crumble. Haunted by her past life, she withdraws herself along with her assistant to the Swiss town of Sils Maria.