Nearly a year since its Cannes premiere, “Clouds of Sils Maria” will finally hit US theaters on April 10 via IFC Films. Directed by meta mischief-maker Olivier Assayas, this bittersweet film melds shades of Bergman’s “Persona” and Cassavetes’ “Opening Night” in depicting the psychological entanglements of three women: Juliette Binoche as a seasoned actress starring in a revival of the play that launched her career, Kristen Stewart as her spiky personal assistant and Chloë Grace Moretz as the much younger protégé costarring in this play.
The lines between actor and role begin to blur as desire rears its head. We’re never quite sure what’s a rehearsal, and what’s actual dialogue happening between the characters. All three actresses, Binoche and Stewart especially, deliver sensational performances that feel lived-in and even improvisational.
“Clouds” picked up praise at Cannes 2014, where Indiewire’s Eric Kohn wrote that the film “presents an ideal access point” to Assayas’ other works, including Binoche starrer “Summer Hours” and “Something in the Air,” set after May ’68 in Paris.
Watch the new trailer for “Clouds of Sils Maria” below. Expect the film on VOD this Spring as well.