TORONTO NOTEBOOK: IN "CLOUDS OF SILS MARIA," OLIVIER ASSAYAS REALLY "GETS" WOMEN

September 5, 2014 5:59 PM

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Well, the annual Toronto sprocket opera is once more upon us, with its legions of critics who wish they could osmose into three separate beings to view the must-see films all scheduled at the same or overlapping hours. The vibe is more carnavalesque than in past versions of the gargantuan film fest, with King Street, the main drag in Toronto's in-progress Entertainment 'hood, now a long pedestrian mall.

For my first screening, fresh off Air Canada, I chose well. "The Clouds of Sils Maria," the latest from Olivier Assayas - who can claim almost cult status among his fans - is a sumptuous, dark tone poem that is above all a cinematic paean to the mesmerizing screen presence and beauty of Juliette Bin...

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