2015: #4 Clouds of Sils Maria


Directed by: Olivier Assayas
Written by: Olivier Assayas
Starring: Juliette Binoche, Kristen Stewart, and Chloë Grace Moretz
Distributer: IFC Films
Country: France
Language: English
Rating: R
Running Time: 124 Minutes
Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1
Date released: 4/10/2015
Date seen: 5/9/2015
Worldwide Box Office Gross: $1,841,555
# of Oscar nominations: 0
# of Golden Stake Nominations: 3 (Best Supporting Actress, Best Actress, and Best Original Screenplay)
# of Golden Stakes Won: 1 (Best Supporting Actress)

The most interesting relationship in cinema this year was not between lovers but between a boss and her assistant in Olivier Assayas’ English language French film Clouds of Sils Maria.  The film is ultimately a character study of Juliette Binoche’s character, a renowned actress of stage and screen, and her mid-life crisis (something that’s much less clichéd when it happens to a woman) but it’s her interactions with her assistant played by Kristen Stewart that really stand out. Usually boss/employee relationships in movies are defined by animosity and bullying but these two actually seem to be on good terms, almost seeming to be friends as much as colleagues and you can see the way they challenge each other.  It’s a really clever and playful little movie but one with some interesting things to say about legacy and what it means to get older as an artist (making it a really interesting twin for the movie Youth).
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