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Clouds Of Sils Maria Blu-ray Review

Clouds Of Sils Maria Blu-ray

“Clouds Of Sils Maria” is a welcome surprise.

In “Clouds of Sils Maria,” the film revolves around a world renowned actress (Maria) and her assistant (Valentine). Maria (who is best known for starring in the stage and theatrical version of “Maloja Snake”) is going through a rather dramatic time as she not only learns that the author of “Maloja Snake” has passed away, but she also learns that a new production of “Maloja Snake” is being produced and that Maria is being approached to play the role of the older character now. As she rehearses and stays in the calm and peaceful home of the late author in Sils Maria, Maria struggles to come to terms that an up and coming actress (Jo-Ann) is taking on Maria’s old part in “Maloja Snake” and that she is taking on the other part.

Don’t be put off by the pretentious title because “Clouds of Sils Maria” was easily one of the top 20 films of 2015 (although it is “technically” a 2014 movie). Yes, it is an arty movie which may turn off some audiences, but if you’re open to a refreshing adult film that centers almost entirely on female characters, this is well worth checking out.

Part of what makes ‘Clouds’ so engaging is that it’s such a deep film. It’s a film about age, life imitating art, death, fame, nature, life experiences, and the entertainment industry. It may be light on plot, but there’s a lot going on in every frame of the movie as the film wisely focuses more on characters and themes.

Speaking of the characters, ‘Clouds’ contains a trio of incredible performances by Kristen Stewart, Chloe Grace Moretz and Juliette Binoche. This is quite simply powerhouse acting. Binoche gets a dream role here as Maria, Moretz continues to impress in her young career, and Stewart gives arguably the finest performance of her career to date. As you may have heard last year, Stewart won several critic awards and was even receiving Oscar buzz. She deserved every bit of praise as she not only holds her own opposite Binoche, but she also creates such a fascinating dynamic with Binoche as the assistant Valentine.

Video/Audio:

Presentation: 2.39:1 1080. How does it look? This 2K digital transfer offers up plenty of gorgeous visuals. Yes, the hi-def transfer looks a bit fuzzy in spots, but it never takes away from an otherwise superb print.

Audio Track: 5.1 DTS-HD MA. How does it sound? Since this film is largely dialogue driven, it doesn’t have to do a lot of heavy lifting. What you do get is a 5.1 DTS track that does the job well which is all you can ask for.

Extras:
* “Clouds of Sils Maria” trailer.
* A booklet containing an essay by author/film critic Molly Haskell.
* A 37 minute interview with writer/director Olivier Assayas who taks about Binoche, his previous work, directing, collabarations, and much more.
* 37 minutes of interviews with Juliette Binoche and Kristen Sewart (not filmed together). Discussions include the film and characters, Olivier and Juliette’s film history, the film’s themes, Olivier, etc.
* “Cloud Phenomena Of Maloja”- The picturesque surviving footage of the 1924 silent short documentary about the cloud formations in the Maloja Pass.

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June 10, 2016 - Posted by | Blu-Ray review | , ,

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