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Riding the circle of life in absorbing 'Clouds of Sils Maria'
Riding the circle of life in absorbing 'Clouds of Sils Maria'

It is best to just let yourself get lost in the "Clouds of Sils Maria" for a little while. Beautiful as they build then snake through the Engadin Valley in the Swiss Alps, they become maddening as they cloak the emotions and ambitions of a middle-aged actress and a rising young star. In this richly imperfect piece about the vagaries to be found in a life spent working in film, French writer-director Olivier Assayas is most interested in the murky idea of returning — the ways in which humans circle back to the people they've been, the past they've had, no certainty about what might be discovered there. That Assayas has chosen to do it with Juliette Binoche as his...

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