Kristen Stewart, Post-"Twilight," Delivers in "Clouds of Sils Maria"

April 9, 2015 2:00 PM

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Kristen Stewart, Post-"Twilight," Delivers in "Clouds of Sils Maria"

This Friday, Kristen Stewart’s newest film, Clouds of Sils Maria, opens in select U.S. cities. It’s a film that stretches Stewart’s formidable talents—placing her opposite Juliette Binoche, one of the foremost stars of world cinema—and one has already made waves internationally: For her role as a sly, knowing personal assistant to a diva-ish aging actress, she won an unofficial critics’ poll at the 2014 Cannes Film Festival and was mentioned as a potential Best Actress winner there (Julianne Moore ended up taking the prize). At year’s end, she became the first American actress ever to win the French version of the Oscar.

How did this happen to an actress still best known as Bella Swan? Between 2008 and 2012, Stewart appeared in five Twilight films, rising to megafame for playing a role more catalyst than character. Bella existed to be the pivot point of a love triangle, and the Twilight films demanded little of Stew...

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