The Clouds of Sils Maria

Adult movie, anyone? No, not “Reverse Gangbang, 14.” We refer to “Clouds of Sils Maria,” a startlingly intelligent film by Oliver Assayas, whose facility for blending reality and artifice, spontaneity and theatricality, turn a familiar plot — older actress supplanted by a younger version — into a dizzying and sexually tense examination of human psychology. His task is aided greatly by three actors of intensely focused femininity: Chloe Grace Moretz, Kristen Stewart, and Juliette Binoche, who undergoes a gradual on-screen transformation from glamorous diva to butch striver. There is almost no nudity. The talk is vaguely poetic. And the unspoken sexual charge is palpable.


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