Juliette Binoche

New on Video: ‘Code Unknown’

Code Unknown is itself about figuring out behavior, trying to deduce and comprehend the meaning behind individual actions and expressions, to solve a cryptic code of conduct and human interaction

TIFF 2014: ‘Clouds of Sils Maria’ a muddled misfire from Olivier Assayas

“Everything is hitting me at once,” announces Maria Enders (Juliette Binoche), just minutes into director Olivier Assayas’ English-language Clouds of Sils Maria. It’s a subtle line that quickly introduces us to the frazzled female headspace that Assayas and Binoche have jointly crafted in this Bergman-esque melodrama.

Clouds of Sils Maria - Kristen Stewart

Cannes 2014: Assayas’ ‘Clouds of Sils Maria’ paints performance as Bergmanian identity

Olivier Assayas, especially with his previous Irma Vep, has had a keen awareness for this entity and how the actions on-set can serve as a sort of chamber drama in itself. With Clouds of Sils Maria, his vision behind this project becomes realized in the channel of Bergman by way of TMZ, a smartly composed dive into the role of celebrity culture and how it influences the films they inhabit.

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