‘La Binoche’ admits to an inner fire that has driven her ascent to French ‘royalty’ – and in her latest film (about a revered actor) she’s virtually playing herself. Would Gérard Depardieu still call her ‘nothing’ now?
Juliette Binoche: ‘My work is important but my relationships are too. It’s not one against the other.’ Photograph: Maarten de Boer/Contour by Getty Images
Clouds of Sils Maria is a handsome backstage melodrama that scampers in and out of the wings with such gusto that it’s hard to tell where the rehearsal ends and the performance begins. Juliette Binoche plays Maria Enders, a revered French actor in pensive middle-age. Enders is a woman at a crossroads – forced to confront her own legacy and adapt to an industry increasingly in thrall to the teen demographic.
“There is a secret, I think. When you are front of a camera there is something that happens. Some relationship, some movement, some strange kind of suspension. That’s where you find the layer in yourself that is duplicated in everyone. And when you get it right, if you can imagine all the hearts beating in one beat, it’s like that. It’s beautiful.” On Being Mindful from Juliette Binoche.