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20 August 2014 (Belgium) See more »
A film star comes face-to-face with an uncomfortable reflection of herself while starring in a revival of the play that launched her career. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
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  (Cast overview, first billed only)

Juliette Binoche ... Maria Enders

Kristen Stewart ... Valentine

Chloë Grace Moretz ... Jo-Ann Ellis

Lars Eidinger ... Klaus Diesterweg

Johnny Flynn ... Christopher Giles

Angela Winkler ... Rosa Melchior

Hanns Zischler ... Henryk Wald

Nora von Waldstätten ... Actress in Sci-fi Movie

Brady Corbet ... Piers Roaldson
Aljoscha Stadelmann ... Urs Kobler

Claire Tran ... Maria's London Assistant
Stuart Manashil ... Maria's Agent
Peter Farkas ... Journalist in Zürich
Ben Posener ... Journalist in London
Ricardia Bramley ... Talk Show Host
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Rated R for language and brief graphic nudity
124 min
Color | Black and White (archive footage)
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Bruno Ganz was widely reported to be cast for the role of Henryk Wald, but Ganz was never involved in the project.See more »
Errors made by characters (possibly deliberate errors by the filmmakers): In the opening, the characters are riding in what is clearly a second-class rail car. This would be completely out of character, given what we see later in the movie.See more »
Maria Enders:[Maria feels Sigrid's lines in the script sound phony] Honestly, you don't find this ridiculous?
Valentine:Why, because she speaks brutally?
Maria Enders:No, because it's phony. I don't believe it.
Valentine:So you don't think people can be blinded by their own emotions?
Maria Enders:Oh, I do, but not to that extent. It's too theoretical. Even a little stupid.
Valentine:It's theater. It's an interpretation of life. It can be truer than life itself. Sigrid puts Helena's desires into words. She says the unspoken. She formulates it.
Maria Enders:Cruelly.
Valentine:OK, Cruelly.
Maria Enders:Yeah, cruelly. Because she's up to no good. You're not in the character's skin. You - I have no choice, I have to be them. I have to identify with them. When it's phony, I feel it - viscerally. Can be literary but still be true. Can feel the difference and can hear it.
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9 out of 11 people found the following review useful.
move forward, not back, 20 April 2015
Author: David Ferguson ( from Dallas, Texas

Greetings again from the darkness. Most of us don't spend much time re-living our past, and we certainly don't go through the emotional turmoil of analyzing our early lives from a different perspective. This story puts actress Maria (Juliette Binoche) in those shoes and then we watch as she fights, claws and battles her way through.

Maria is a well-respected veteran actress who has been offered a role in the revival of the play that made her a star more than 20 years earlier. The play was written by her mentor, who dies suddenly as she is on her way to visit. Hotshot director Klaus (Lars Eidinger) wants Maria for the role of the older woman, and this is difficult for Maria to accept since she played what she considers the far more interesting younger woman in the first version. Internal psychological warfare breaks out.

Maria's personal assistant Valentine (Kristen Stewart) struggles to keep Maria informed of today's world – celebrity gossip is especially key in their conversations. They also run lines together, and the parallels between the play and their real lives are so prevalent that the lines are often blurred between written word and spoken word. Things get really dicey when Jo-Ann (Chloe Grace Moretz) enters the picture as the talented, extremely popular, personally out of control actress slated to play opposite Maria in the play.

These three actresses are exceptional … yes, even you Kristen Stewart haters will be impressed. They each bring extraordinary depth to their role, and all are a bit outside of what would be considered their comfort zone. Their exchanges are fun, but what's not said is every bit as exciting and key.

Filmed in the Sils Maria area of the Alps, the landscape is beyond breathtaking. Maloja Snake is the title of the play, and it refers to the fantastic cloud formations that snake through the peaks and valleys of this marvel of nature. The scenery is a nice complement to the emotional rides each of the characters take, and writer/director Olivier Assayas ensures that we have no shortage of talking points after the film.

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