AN aging actress faces myriad emotions when she is faced with working alongside one of Hollywood�s hottest young actresses in Clouds of Sils Maria.
Legendary actress Maria Enders (Juliette Binoche) is presented with the opportunity to appear in a revival of the play that launched her career 20 years ago.
This time, instead of playing the young manipulative beauty, she will take on the role of the middle-aged, emotionally manipulated older woman.
Despite constant encouragement from her assistant Valentine (Kristen Stewart) that it is a great role, Maria is unconvinced, struggling with her waning enthusiasm for the piece now that she has to look at it from a new perspective.
Her co-star in the revival is the Lindsay Lohan-type Hollywood wild child Jo-Ann Ellis (Chlo� Grace Moretz), whose tabloid antics often overshadow her work.
There are plenty of fascinating themes swirling around in this leisurely paced drama � age and beauty juxtaposed, how we change as we grow, how our perspective on art can change over time � that this has the makings for a riveting experience, but alas it remains dull throughout.
Repetitive scenes in which Maria and Valentine rehearse, analyse and re-analyse the play, with Maria struggling to identify with her new character, become tiresome.
In moments that are a little too meta for their own good, Valentine endlessly praises Jo-Ann�s body of work, even defending her performance in a cheesy blockbuster film which is released ahead of this �serious� production she is attached to
There is stunning scenery to look at when the chit-chat gets a bit too much, but these postcard moments are hardly enough to keep the audience interested for two hours.
Clouds of Sils Maria (MA)
Directed by: Olivier Assayas
Starring: Juliette Binoche, Kristen Stewart, Chlo� Grace Moretz
Two and a half stars
Review by: Julian Wright
In cinemas May 7