Kristen Stewart may, in fact, be one of the most interesting young actresses in America right now. With no shortage of Hollywood productions calling her name on the back of Twilight’s success, Stewart has almost entirely rejected major studio pictures in favour of lending her stardom to low-budget, independent and even foreign cinema.
Critics have been harsh on Stewart with the shadow of Bella Swan and the widely scorned Twilight saga hanging over her. However, she has been quietly marking her territory since the franchise’s completion as one of the most singular, outspoken and completely one-of-a-kind performers of her generation.
Finally, Kristen Stewart is beginning to receive the cultural appreciation she deserves for her performance in Clouds Of Sils Maria. The film arrived on demand via Blinkbox in the United Kingdom at the end of last week and is now opening in theatres this weekend. It also garnered acclaim at last year’s Cannes Film Festival, going on to awards success in its native country of France.
Here are the five Kristen Stewart films that we love, including the aforementioned new release:
Clouds Of Sils Maria
Kristen Stewart became the first American actress to ever win the the Cesar, the French Oscar, for her performance in Clouds Of Sils Maria. The film, made by French filmmaker Olivier Assayas, is an engrossing meditation on acting, celebrity and aging. Stewart plays the personal assistant to Juliette Binoche’s Maria Enders, a middle-aged actress appearing in a revival of the same play that made her famous as a teenager, but this time playing the older supporting role. Stewart’s performance is effortlessly outstanding, embodying the character in a wholly natural and believable way.
Kristen Stewart and her Twilight co-star Dakota Fanning play the founding members of punk band The Runaways, Cherie Currie and Joan Jett, in this drama of the same name. Filmed right at the peak of their stardom on the aforementioned vampire-romance saga, both actresses are commendable for eschewing Hollywood to work on an independent film like this. The performances they deliver are electrifying – especially Stewart. The real life Joan Jett praised her for “soaking in” her mannerisms so much that it was, as Jett puts it, “like I had a mirror image”.