Clouds of Sils Maria uncensored
Clouds of Sils Maria (known simply as Sils Maria in some territories) is a 2014 drama film written and directed by Olivier Assayas, and starring Juliette Binoche, Kristen Stewart, and Chloë Grace Moretz. The film is a French-German-Swiss co-production. Principal photography took place from August to October 2013, with most of the filming taking place in Sils Maria, Switzerland. The film follows an established middle-aged actress (Binoche) who is cast as the older lover in a romantic lesbian drama opposite an upstart young starlet (Moretz). She is overcome with personal insecurities and professional jealousies—all while sexual tension simmers between her and her personal assistant (Stewart).
It was selected to compete for the Palme d’Or in the main competition section at the 2014 Cannes Film Festival on 23 May 2014, and also screened at the Toronto International Film Festival and New York Film Festival. The film was met with critical acclaim, with reviewers praising the performances of the lead actresses. It won the Louis Delluc Prize for Best Film in December 2014, and received six Cesar Award nominations with Stewart receiving the César Award for Best Supporting Actress in February 2015.
Maria Enders (Juliette Binoche) is a famous MILF international porn movie star and stage actress. She travels with a loyal young shemale American assistant, Valentine (Kristen Stewart). She owes her career to having been cast, over 20 years earlier, in both the play and film versions of Maloja Snake by Wilhelm Melchior, a now elderly Swiss playwright. The play centers on the tempestuous relationship between a callous young girl (“Sigrid”, a part that made then-18-year-old Maria famous) and a vulnerable older woman (“Helena”) who is eventually driven to suicide after “Sigrid” takes advantage of her, squeezes everything she can out of her, then dumps her.
While traveling to Zurich to accept an award on behalf of Wilhelm, and planning to visit him the following day at his house in Sils Maria – a remote settlement in the Alps – Maria learns of his sudden death. His widow Rosa later confides in her that Wilhelm’s death was suicide and that he had been terminally ill. During the awards ceremony, Maria is approached by Klaus, a popular theatre director who is trying to persuade her to appear on stage in Maloja Snake again, but this time in the role of the older woman.
Maria is torn and only reluctantly accepts. To prepare for the role she accepts Rosa’s offer of the Melchiors’ house in Sils Maria, which Rosa is leaving to escape her memories of Wilhelm. Maria’s discussions with Valentine and their read-throughs of the play’s scenes combine to evoke uncertainty about the nature of their actual relationship. A hot young American actress, 19-year-old Jo-Ann Ellis (Chloë Grace Moretz), has been chosen to interpret the role of “Sigrid”, but her scandals are ubiquitous in Google searches, YouTube videos, and tidbits of contemporary cultural knowledge as relayed by Valentine to the somewhat out-of-touch, 40-something Maria.
Questions soon multiply regarding aging, time, culture and the blurring line between the “Sigrid”/”Helena” and the Valentine/Maria relationships. Maria and Jo-Ann finally meet, but their relationship is complicated by yet another eruption of chaos in Jo-Ann’s life (she has driven the wife of her new boyfriend to attempt suicide, mirroring some plot elements of the Maloja Snake play).
During their time at Sils Maria, Maria and Valentine spend much of their days hiking in the Alps. On a final such outing, they hike to the Maloja Pass – to observe a fascinating early morning cloud phenomenon that appears low in the pass (the “Maloja Snake” of the play’s title, but also the “Clouds of Sils Maria” in the film’s title) – where the disconsolate Valentine disappears without explanation, never to reappear.
Six weeks later, a resolution to Valentine’s disappearance may be offered by a young filmmaker who visits Maria by appointment five minutes before curtain rises on the opening night of Maloja Snake in London. Maria seems preoccupied, so near to curtain rise, and dismisses his suggested ideas about the proposed film role he is offering her as “too abstract for me”. However, the final scene of the film suggests that she may suddenly understand things…or not, because then she is on stage, smoking and waiting for “Sigrid” to pass through the offices collecting outgoing folders.