At long last, American audiences will soon be able to see Clouds of Sils Maria, the sexy showbiz drama that won Kristen Stewart so much acclaim after it opened in Europe during the recent awards season. Stewart plays the personal assistant to a famous but aging movie star (Juliette Binoche), who agrees to star in a revival of the play that made her famous. However, this time around, 20 years later, she’s playing the elder female character who is driven to suicide by a young female lover, while Hollywood’s brash new ingenue (Chloë Grace Moretz) slips into the younger star-making role.
Directed by Olivier Assayas (Carlos), Sils Maria was nominated for six César Awards—the French Academy Awards—and Stewart became the first American actress even to win a César for her supporting performance. Her ever-loyal character finds her professional and personal relationship to her boss complicated by her admiration for the young Hollywood starlet. In this scene from the film, she explains the magnitude of the ingenue’s stardom—which is amplified by the multitude of pre-teens who gobble up details of her personal life—to her unimpressed boss. The irony is pretty thick, coming from Stewart, and deftly delivered.