Movies From the Hat VI #42 -Sean’s Pick – Clouds of Sils Maria (2014)

This is my 3479th Review

Thanks to  Sean of Sean for this recommendation.

“It’s theatre. It’s an interpretation of life. It can be truer than life itself.” – Valentine

Number of Times Seen – 1 (2 Nov 2017)

Brief Synopsis – An aging actress reflects on her life when she is chosen to star in a revival of her most popular role from decades earlier

My Take on it – This is far from the kind of film that I usually enjoy.

It moves really slowly and tries to give us a picture of the life of celebrities who long for their glory days and hope upon hope that those days are once again right around the corner.

The cast is pretty good here and Juliette Binoche and Kirsten Stewart have some great scenes together but I found the overall storyline to be a bit over bearing for me.

The storyline doesn’t move along at a good pace and I was hoping it would end much sooner than it eventually did.

I found it extremely hard to find some kind of connection to the characters or their situations which made me lose any interest pretty early on.

The idea of the premise tho is a sound one because it’s interesting to see what people think of their own life’s work and how they reflect on it years later once again longing for those glory days to return.

Unfortunately, I just couldn’t connect with the way it was presented.

Bottom Line – The story here is a bit too heavy for me to enjoy. Binoche and Stewart are both fine here as the actress and her assistant.  The story moves along way too slowly for me and it seems as if they are trying to give us a glimpse into the life of celebrities and how they are affected by the way their lives have been lived during the course of their career. I wanted this film to end earlier because I just couldn’t find any way to connect with the characters or their situations.

MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – Kristen Stewart is the first American actress to be nominated for a best supporting actress César award and the second nominated since Julia Migenes’s best actress nomination for “Carmen” in 1984. Stewart won and became the first American actress to win a César and the second American after Adrien Brody’s win for the The Pianist (2002). (From IMDB)

Rating – BAFTA Worthy


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