Clouds of Sils Maria REVIEW
I have not much to say about this film. I found it ingenious but without a point to the genius in the end. A middle aged actress who became a star at the age of 18 in a play where she played a young seductress of her employer is now asked, 20 years later, to play the part of the employer. To prepare for the part, she rehearses lines with her own assistant and (here is the ingenious part), you cannot really tell sometimes what lines the two are simply reading or rehearsing and what lines they are actually saying I conversation with one another.
Thus in several instances as you listen to the dialog, you are asking yourself, “Is this the actress and her assistant or are these the lines of the play that they are rehearsing? The fact that experiences the actress had when making the original film twenty years earlier keep intruding into her memory and reflections adds another layer of complexity. As the recites her lines you are asking yourself, Is this emotion just acting? Or is it a response to memory of herself at the age of eighteen? Or is there something really going on with her assistant?”
This double and triple entendre keeps the movie interesting as does the lovely scenery in Switzerland. But when the film is over, you are left wondering just what the point was other than to mess with your head a little.
Question for Comment: Have you ever acted in a play? And if so, did what was happening in your character’s life intersect with what was happening in your own?