I enjoyed seeing Clouds of Sils Maria today. It's a character drama starring Juliette Binoche as a theater actress who is acting in a revival of a play she did 20 years ago, only now playing the elder character instead of the ingenue, whom she still identifies with. It's a film about a woman dealing with aging, loss (she is in a bitter divorce with her husband; a beloved director friend of hers died), time, and her personal relevance, both as an actress and as a middle-aged woman. Binoche was fantastic in this, and I really found it mature and fascinating.
It was written and directed by Oliver Assayas, who directed another arthouse film that I really liked, Clean. It starred Maggie Cheung as a woman who struggles through drug addiction, losing custody of her son, and finding a new sense of self and purpose in life. Cheung was great in it, and I liked the Paris parts of the film, as well as Nick Nolte's performance as the paternal grandfather of her son.
It is a very good film, and was a pleasure to watch this afternoon, I definitely recommend it.