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Clouds of Sils Maria – A Pinnacle of Art and Achievement

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Juliette Binoche and Kirsten Stewart in Clouds of Sils Maria, courtesy Palace Cinemas Australia

Recently I struggled when writing a review, endeavouring to shape my words in describing an evening of live artistry when two great musicians, one with their voice and one with their playing of an instrument inspired by each other together reached a rare pinnacle of achievement.

This is a state that to my mind and experience usually only happens in ‘live performance’ on stage and one we are not really used to witnessing at the movies.

Certainly I have seen many great movies and been moved to tears, laughter and often complete despair as they have engaged my emotions, but when viewing the Clouds of Sils Maria my experience was very different.

It exceeds all boundaries as it pushes all those involved, including the audience outside their comfort zone.

Directed and written by Olivier Assayas, Clouds of Sils Maria is a thought-provoking piece about to be released at Palace Cinemas in Australia, winning critical acclaim overseas.

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Kristen Stewart, Juliette Binoche and Chloe Grace Moretz at Cannes 2014 where the filmed premiered

This movie is breathtaking in its intensity, ennobled by sense and sensibility and the subtlety of the performances given by its two main actresses – Enter our Giveaway and WIN a double pass.

Acclaimed actress Juliette Binoche and Kristen Stewart a pre-eminent young actress from Hollywood come together in a powerful, clever and creative casting connection for this very special meditation about acting, fame and aging.

Binoche plays Maria Enders a famous actress and Stewart her personal assistant Valentine, who enjoys her trust and friendship. These two superb actresses make their own growing discomfort with each other highly personal.

For much of the play they are isolated together in a cottage in the Swiss Alps where desire is not the focus, but dependency is explored. Maria sets her own pace, having a powerful effect on Valentine, in this interpretation of life that is perhaps truer than life itself.

As we discover the home belonged to author Wilhelm Melchior and his wife Rosa.

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Lars Eidinger who plays Klaus Disterweg in the Clouds of Sils Maria, at Palace Cinemas in Australia

He wrote the script for the pivotal play that helped to build Maria’s reputation as the famous actress she now is when she was 18 years of age. During that time he and Rosa became like parents to the young Maria facing her first acting experience,

Maria races across the countryside with Valentine at her side by train to comfort Rosa when William unexpectedly dies, however little do they know that they will forced to face a panoply of emotional challenges as a result.

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Written and Directed by renowned French filmmaker, Olivier Assayas

Featuring Juliette Binoche, Kristen Stewart, Lars Eidinger, Grace Moretz & Johnny Flynn

Clouds of Sils Maria starts Thursday May 7th, 2015 nationally

Exploring the relationship between actors, celebrity, age and vanity

Giveaway Open Until Tuesday 5th May - Closing 5:00 pm

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