Olivier Assayas, Switserland 2014
Juliette Binoche stars as Maria Enders, a true diva of an actress facing a career transition as she steams through middle age. Her personal assistant (Kristen Stewart) does her best to prop up her ego, but when Maria is asked to perform in the play that made her a star as an ingenue — only this time as the older crone — she’s thrown into a tailspin. Assayas explores the boundaries of female identity through reflections and relationships, ensuring the richest veins of material are tapped in successive layers that bore deeper and deeper into the psyche. Binoche and Stewart create a spellbinding dynamic that is as seductive as it is surprising.
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