An absorbing study of fame, ego in 'Clouds of Sils Maria'

April 10, 2015 12:05 PM

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It is best to just let yourself get lost in the "Clouds of Sils Maria" for a little while. Beautiful as they build then snake through the Engadin Valley in the Swiss Alps, they become maddening as they cloak the emotions and ambitions of a middle-aged actress and a rising young star.

In this richly imperfect piece about the vagaries to be found in a life spent working in film, French writer-director Olivier Assayas is most interested in the murky idea of returning - the ways in which humans circle back to the people they've been, the past they've had, no certainty about what mig...

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