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Fake Movies We Wish We Could Watch For Real

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Every now and then, a real film will offer up a gem of a fake film that actually feels like it could be an award-winning classic of the highest possible caliber. That’s what happens when we watch the dreamy masterpiece “Clouds of Sils Maria” and hear about the film “Maloja Snake.”

Most of “Clouds of Sils Maria” deals with the play “Maloja Snake,” which is getting a high-profile revival production. At the start of her career, Maria Enders (Juliette Binoche) starred as Sigrid: the young, magnetic beauty who held the whole world’s attention. Now, she’s being asked to play Helena, the character Sigrid uses and then casts aside. Maria has trouble grappling with the role, seeing Helena only as a pathetic character who humiliates herself by falling in love with a much younger woman who probably never really cares for her.

During all this, we learn that Maria also played Sigrid in the film adaptation of “Maloja Snake,” and we hate that we can’t see that. All the bits of the play that we see are elegant, enigmatic, and tense, and when you combine that with a psychologically sophisticated lesbian romance and a young Juliette Binoche? It’s maddening that we can’t see all that in action.

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