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An Explosive Love Triangle Drives Clouds of Sils Maria, Olivier Assayas’ Latest Film

Juliette Binoche and Kristen Stewart.

IFC Films

French director Olivier Assayas makes films that range greatly in theme and tone, but they usually feature a rigorous attention to women and their stories. His latest movie, Clouds of Sils Maria, is no different: it stars Juliette Binoche, Kristen Stewart, and Chloë Grace Moretz, three actresses at the top of their game, and the trailer promises a thrilling use of their respective talents.

Binoche plays Maria Enders, an aging and acclaimed star; Moretz plays Jo-Ann Ellis, an up-and-coming American actress. Their paths converge in a wonderful twist: both are cast in a staging of Maloja Snake, the play that originally launched Enders’ career and which concerns the volatile rapport between a young girl and an older woman. This time around, Enders is assigned to the latter role, and her burgeoning insecurities begin to fray her not-so-platonic relationship with loyal assistant Valentine (Stewart). It’s a loaded, explosive plot, and I can’t wait to see what Assayas does with it. Sils Maria is out in April.