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Sils Maria - for the love of the actresses
At the premiere of Sils Maria Lyon Olivier Assayas, the director told us that he was always difficult to present his latest film without actresses since he had not only been written for them but also that they were actively involved in its development. When viewed, it is very clear not only makes qu’Assayas tribute to acting but also said their boundless love for their work.
Marie Enders is a now famous actress 40 years starring Juliette Binoche. His fame was born 20 years ago when she played Sigrid, a manipulative young woman in a play. This time, however, is Helena, the lover manipulated Sigrid (20 years older) is asked to play. Marie Enders doubt crack: how to understand the time that happened? Helena how to be even as it still dream Sigrid? It’s Valentine (Kristen Stewart), his young assistant who tries to reconcile with this character hated giving his interpretation of the play. As for the new Sigrid, it is interpreted by Jo-Ann (Chloe Moretz), a young actress who starred in blockbuster sci-fi and famous for its excesses of debauchery we find everywhere on the net. At the absolute peoplisation where our every move can be found immediately on the web, how these three actresses from three different worlds, they run the thing?
It is clear that the strength of the film is based on the unexpected trio. Juliette Binoche is a rather classic actress, qu’n has seen in many major roles, the perfection of his game is no longer in doubt. Kristen Stewart is known for Twilight, so just some teen culture and should prove to be accepted into the exclusive club of “great actresses”, to which it succeeds with this film in which she excels. Finally, Chloe Moretz, down from its 17 years is famous for her role in Kick-Ass, the film called “geek" culture. Playing with the lives of its three actresses, Assayas manages to give us an interesting reflection on their work, never denigrate popular culture from which the two youngest.
The film consists of two parts and an epilogue. If the first part is still interesting to lay the foundations of the relationship Valentine / Marie assistant / actress is in the second part that comes into its own. Isolated in a chalet in Switzerland, the two women repeated the famous argument each room while their views on it. This part gives rise to many fabulous scenes in registers quite different. Through the fictional relationship Sigrid / Helena, is the relationship of Valentine and Mary is at stake, we are given to see. It is also in this part qu’Assayas reveals the beauty of its realization through many levels of the Swiss mountains and the famous weather phenomenon “Majola Snake.”
Finally, sometimes the epilogue, perhaps slightly below the rest of the film. We understand certain things in the same way that Mary Enders learns to age. This purpose is also of interest only for the last majestic body on the face of Juliette Binoche, more beautiful than ever. I recently read a sentence of I-don’t-know-too-who argued that it was easy for the film to ensure that the viewer so anxious, not much of a movie, but it was very difficult to create a work at the end of which he feels comfortable. Yet this is what manages to Olivier Assayas with Sils Maria: it soothes us and allows us to grasp the future with less fear.
With Sils Maria, Olivier Assayas sign a nice movie and has the intelligence to know how to erase the benefit of the game of his three (but mostly two actually) great actresses. If Juliette Binoche confirms that it does it all, Kristen Stewart puts one foot in the art cinema. Provided he is given the chance to perform again so beautiful roles.
Sils Maria: Olivier Assayas at the top of his Sils Maria - ★★★★✩
At eighteen, Maria Enders found success in the theater by playing Sigrid young ambitious girl and charm disorder that leads to suicide a more mature woman, Helena. Twenty years later, he was asked to take over the room, but this time on the other side of the mirror, in the role of Helena … Valentine Supported by her assistant, she will come and repeat the text of this play within the Swiss home of Wilhelm Melchior, his director recently gone …
The ghosts of the past
By carefully observing the filmography of Olivier Assayas, we guess this constant intransigence, which only become more pronounced in his later films. Modern filmmaker, visionary and sometimes (think Demonlover particular), Olivier Assayas goes even further with his art Sils Maria. Fervent admirer of Fassbinder and Bergman, the film is haunted by the imposing ghosts of the past but is perfectly in his time. In the Internet era, the faces change and Maria Enders facing these avatars to better control his image. Here, past and present come together and it will be for Maria to make this slow work of mourning, mourning the death of his mentor Wilhelm and mourning Sigrid, the young woman who was once hers and she will have to give up to become another.
This passage of time, Olivier Assayas chose to enroll in the heart of a landscape of infinite taste, with an imposing stature and devouring. And it is in Switzerland this neutral grounding that above the Engadine Valley is emerging from a cloud floating clouds (well, Hou Hsiao Hsien). Sometimes occurs in the fall of this snake Maloja that people often fear because it is usually a sign of the coming of bad weather. These breathtaking images, Olivier Assayas has also collide with images of the past by raising the short film by Arnold Fanck, The cloud phenomenon Maloja. Then this is the future of superheroes that the filmmaker chooses to tame, by registering the new playing partner Maria Enders, Jo-Ann Ellis in a green and a lightning combination. Past, present, future, time recomposed Olivier Assayas comes into its own in this film with a thousand faces, which can not finally accepted that his heroine, the dizzying Juliette Binoche, who made a game of staggering intensity.
By Laure Croiset
Kristen Stewart, on when she realized how big Twilight would be:
“The day the movie came out there was a picture of me—in the New York Post, I think. I was sitting on my front porch, smoking a pipe with my ex-boyfriend and dog. And I was like, Oh shit, well, I have to be aware of that.”