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Juliette Binoche

Review: 'Clouds of Sils Maria'

Review: 'Clouds of Sils Maria'

Now 60, and always more of a wry classicist than a maverick, the writer-director Olivier Assayas is one of the steadiest and most reliable filmmakers in contemporary cinema. I like his latest, "Clouds of Sils Maria," a great deal; it's beautifully acted and has a few wise (if familiar) things to impart regarding how age and experience must make way for, or at least accommodate, the brashness of youth. You should know, however, what sort of dramatic strategies you're dealing with, since you may come for the actors — Juliette Binoche is in it, so that's a start — but may leave frustrated with the material they've been given. There's no...