Clouds of Sils Maria

Clouds of Sils Maria

DVD - 2015
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When a famous actress is asked to perform in a revival of the play that made her famous twenty years ago, she retreats to Sils Maria, in the Alps to rehearse.
Publisher: 2015
Hollywood, California :, Paramount,, [2015]
Branch Call Number: DVD MOVIE CLOU
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (124 min.) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in
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May 08, 2019

The 2 stars I gave this movie was for the scenery and music....this movie had all the ingredients for a potentially great movie...but it wasn't - the script for the most part was pretentious & awful.

Apr 19, 2019

Great acting and scenery. In particular the the lead actress-assistant female relationship on the background of the 'snake' cloud formations through the valleys. To me it spelled out alot about dividing lines in work and personal life, not everyone dealt well with this: I thought this movie succeeded with dialogue acting and characters, and it was sometimes hard to determine this as they interrelated.

Jun 27, 2018

Aside from Shakespeare In Love, I can't think of a single movie about actors/theater that is not insufferable. While this doesn't rise to the excruciating level of pain delivered by Birdman or Illuminata, it is quite boring and wastes very good acting by Kristen Stewart and Juliette Binoche.

Jun 05, 2018

I'd like this movie very much for the dialogue between 2 women , discussing about movies acting and perspective of one who did act the movie 20 years ago. Clever, gentle, real emotions expressed in a genuine way.

May 08, 2018

This is similar in hard to define ways to 'Personal Shopper', which might be more accessible. I can't say there was anything that should have been cut, but this goes on for 123 minutes. Some say Stewart steals the show, but it seems Binoche is more central. Her character is stressed and must adapt. Initially, her character was off putting to me, but at the end I had that rather comforting sense of a common humanity.

Someone here has posted quotes (see the quotes tab) from key scenes. They might veer toward spoilers, but they are well chosen.

More or less specific to life at the top of the European picture biz, while laying some claim to being outside of time.

Feb 03, 2018

A brilliant film that addresses multiple themes from art, personal relationships, youth, maturation, the Hollywood movie industry...the list goes on. Works satisfyingly at every level.

I was thoroughly surprised by the performance M. Assayas drew out of Kristen Stewart in *Personal Shopper*. From her performance in *Sils Maria*, I can see it was no fluke. some actors need the right director to get them to do their jobs properly while others allow their *stars* to cruise through productions on autopilot.

This is not a film for everyone. Those movie fans who believed Ms Stewart was brilliant in *Twilight* best look elsewhere, as they will be out of their emotional and intellectual depth in an Assayas film. If you like films with depth and tight structure, on the other hand, you might give *Sils Maria* and other films by the director they chance they deserve.

Dec 30, 2017

Kristen Stewart absolutely steals the show, WOW, marvellous acting.
This is more of an art house movie so will have a very limited audience.
British, European, Australian etc movies are SO much better than Hollywood.

Sep 22, 2017

a little confusing, strange things going on........they are not explained !!! Not explaining stuff doesn't mean it's a smarter movie- just more annoying !!!!

May 22, 2017

This is one talky film, with a plot-within-plot kind of twist. Some good editing would improve the film's flow a lot. Watchable but not great. One bonus is you get to see some scenery of the Swiss Alps.

Nov 06, 2016

Boring Crap! I was waiting for something to happen, anything!

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Nov 18, 2015

Maria: I read your script.
Young Filmmaker: ... I actually wrote it with you in mind.
Maria: As a mutant?
Filmmaker: I'm trying to consider genetics from a more human point of view.
Maria: When I was reading it, I imagined someone much were seeing me in movies that were made years ago, I...I've changed. ....Can I be frank? Maybe because I'm working with her, I was reading it, I... I kept thinking about Jo-Ann.... she's smart, and talented. She's modern, just like your character.
Filmmaker: My character isn't modern, not in that way, anyway. She's... outside of time.
Maria: "Outside of time." I don't understand, it's too abstract for me, sorry.
Filmmaker: I don't like this era.
Maria: You're wrong, it's yours.
Filmmaker: Hey, man, I didn't choose it. And if my era is Jo-Ann Ellis and viral internet scandals, I think I'm entitled to feel unrelated, aren't I? I mean, it's nothing against her, I guess I just assumed you'd understand.

Nov 18, 2015

Maria: "Excel and to know how to show it, is to be excelled twice." Baltasar Gracian said that.
Valentine: I have no idea who that is, but he was right.
Valentine: At 20, you saw Sigrid's ambition and you saw her violence because you felt this in yourself.
Maria: So?
Valentine: So, what I'm saying... it...this text is like an object. it's gonna change perspective based on where you're standing.
Jo-Ann: Well, no one really gives a freak about Helena at that point, do they? I'm sorry, but, I mean, it's pretty clear to me, this poor woman's all washed up. I mean your character, right, not you? When Sigrid leaves Helena's office, Helena's a wreck, and we get it, ya know, it time to move on. I think they want what comes next.

Nov 18, 2015

Maria: Honestly, you don't find this ridiculous?
Valentine: Why, because she speaks brutally?
Maria: No, because it's phony, I don't believe it.
Valentine: So you don't think people can be blinded by their own emotions?
Maria: Yes, I do, but not to that extent. Too theoretical. Even a little stupid.
Valentine: It's theater. It's an interpretation of life that can be truer than life itself.
Valentine: Well, don't you want to get that innocence back?
Maria: You can't get innocent twice.
Valentine: You can. If you just accepted Helena the way you accepted Sigrid.

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