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Saturday 16 December 2017

How the stars shone behind the Clouds of Silas

Kelly Peston, John Travolta, Uma Thurman, Quentin Tarantino and Lawrence Bender at
Cannes
Kelly Peston, John Travolta, Uma Thurman, Quentin Tarantino and Lawrence Bender at Cannes

Michael Roddy

Olivier Assayas's Clouds of Sils Maria was one of the last films to be shown before the curtain comes down on the 67th Cannes festival.

In the movie Juliette Binoche confronts an issue every actress eventually faces – what happens when the casting call you get is for the older woman and no longer the starlet?

Men, as Harrison Ford, Arnold Schwarzenneger and Sylvester Stallone proved by bringing the roadshow to promote their The Expendables 3 over-the-hill mercenaries franchise to Cannes last weekend, can continue to play the same action heroes into their 60s or even 70s.

But a woman can't play a starlet after a certain age, nor should she want to, Binoche, who reached global stardom in such films as The English Patient and Chocolat said at a post-screening news conference.

The film was the last of the 18 in competition for the top Palme d'Or prize to be screened before the main awards are announced today.

"Imagine if for 40 years you played the part of 20-year-old, you'd get very bored," Binoche said.

"Of course you can't play the same parts all the time."

Such was the level of interest in the premiere that it attracted some of the biggest names in the business, including Kelly Preston, John Travolta, Uma Thurman, Quentin Tarantino and Lawrence Bender.

Irish Independent

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