'Clouds of Sils Maria' revolves around identity, the artistic persona and the passing of time

April 10, 2015 3:30 PM

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Turns out putting together one French filmmaker, one international grande dame and two young American stars makes for lightning in a bottle. "Clouds of Sils Maria" is an electric combination of self-awareness and emotional exploration told via a story that touches on time, celebrity and meteorological phenomena.

Writer-director Olivier Assayas and actress Juliette Binoche have something of a history, because Assayas' first produced feature screenplay was co-writing Andre Techine's 1985 film "Rendez-vous," which made a star of Binoche. They would not work together again until Binoche appeared in Assayas' 200...

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