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''Clouds of Sils Maria'' (titled simply as ''Sils Maria'' in Europe) is a 2014 drama by Oliver Assayas staring starring Creator/JulietteBinoche, Creator/KristenStewart and Creator/ChloeGraceMoretz.

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''Clouds of Sils Maria'' (titled simply as ''Sils Maria'' in Europe) is a 2014 drama by Oliver Assayas Creator/OliverAssayas staring starring Creator/JulietteBinoche, Creator/KristenStewart and Creator/ChloeGraceMoretz.


* DrivenToSuicide: A repeated theme. Wilhelm commits suicide (though his wife tells no one but Maria) for reasons unknown. Within ''Maloja Snake'', Helena is apparently driven to suicide by Sigrid abandoning her. Jo-Ann's boyfriend's wife attempts suicide, presumably due to his having an affair.

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* DrivenToSuicide: A repeated theme. theme, with every suicide being hidden and unexpected in some way. Wilhelm commits suicide (though his wife tells no one but Maria) for reasons unknown. unknown, with his wife Rosa being careful to tell nobody but Maria about it. Within ''Maloja Snake'', Helena vanishes at the end of the play -- Valentine likes the ambiguity of this ending, but to Maria and Jo-Ann it is apparently clear that she has been driven to suicide by Sigrid abandoning her. Jo-Ann's boyfriend's [[spoiler:Jo-Ann's boyfriend Chris' wife attempts suicide, presumably due to his having an affair.affair, despite Jo-Ann believing that she was quite calm when Chris told her of their affair. And Valentine vanishes near the end of this movie.]]


* SciFiGhetto: While Jo-Ann's previous film isn't particularly good, Maria freely admits that her contempt for it springs from nose-in-the-air snobbery, and from contempt for science fiction as a genre that she refuses to take seriously.

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* SciFiGhetto: SciFiGhetto:In-universe. While Jo-Ann's previous film isn't particularly good, Maria freely admits that her contempt disdain for it springs from nose-in-the-air snobbery, and from contempt for science fiction as a genre that she refuses to take seriously.

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* SciFiGhetto: While Jo-Ann's previous film isn't particularly good, Maria freely admits that her contempt for it springs from nose-in-the-air snobbery, and from contempt for science fiction as a genre that she refuses to take seriously.


Maria Enders (Binoche) is an internationally famous movie and stage star plagued by the specter of [[WhiteDwarfStarlet white dwarf-dom]]), who received her big break starring as the young Sigrid in the play ''[[ShowWithinAShow Maloja Snake]]'' by Wilhelm Melchior. The play concerns a heartless young girl ("Sigrid") who seduces a vulnerable older woman ("Helena") and eventually drives her to suicide. Following the suicide of Melchior, Maria joins a revival of ''Maloja Snake'', this time playing the role of the older Helena, and cast as Sigrid is the Lindsay-Lohan-esque tabloid-fodder extraordinaire Jo-Ann Ellis (Moretz).

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Maria Enders (Binoche) is an internationally famous movie and stage star plagued by the specter of [[WhiteDwarfStarlet white dwarf-dom]]), dwarf-dom]], who received her big break starring as the young Sigrid in the play ''[[ShowWithinAShow Maloja Snake]]'' by Wilhelm Melchior. The play concerns a heartless young girl ("Sigrid") who seduces a vulnerable older woman ("Helena") and eventually drives her to suicide. Following the suicide of Melchior, Maria joins a revival of ''Maloja Snake'', this time playing the role of the older Helena, and cast as Sigrid is the Lindsay-Lohan-esque tabloid-fodder extraordinaire Jo-Ann Ellis (Moretz).


Maria Enders (Binoche) is a internationally famous movie and stage star (who nevertheless feels specter of the oncoming of [[WhiteDwarfStarlet white dwarf-dom]]), who received her big break starring as the young Sigrid in the play ''[[ShowWithinAShow Maloja Snake]]'' by Wilhelm Melchior. The play concerns a heartless young girl ("Sigrid") who seduces a vulnerable older woman ("Helena") and eventually drives her to suicide. Following the suicide of Melchior, Maria joins a revival of ''Maloja Snake'', this time playing the role of the older Helena, and cast as Sigrid is the Lindsay-Lohan-esque tabloid-fodder extraordinaire Jo-Ann Ellis (Moretz).

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Maria Enders (Binoche) is a an internationally famous movie and stage star (who nevertheless feels plagued by the specter of the oncoming of [[WhiteDwarfStarlet white dwarf-dom]]), who received her big break starring as the young Sigrid in the play ''[[ShowWithinAShow Maloja Snake]]'' by Wilhelm Melchior. The play concerns a heartless young girl ("Sigrid") who seduces a vulnerable older woman ("Helena") and eventually drives her to suicide. Following the suicide of Melchior, Maria joins a revival of ''Maloja Snake'', this time playing the role of the older Helena, and cast as Sigrid is the Lindsay-Lohan-esque tabloid-fodder extraordinaire Jo-Ann Ellis (Moretz).


''Clouds of Sils Maria'' (titled simply as ''Sils Maria'' in Europe) is a 2014 drama by Oliver Assayas staring starring Creator/JulietteBinoche, Creator/KristenStewart and Creator/ChloeMoretz.

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''Clouds of Sils Maria'' (titled simply as ''Sils Maria'' in Europe) is a 2014 drama by Oliver Assayas staring starring Creator/JulietteBinoche, Creator/KristenStewart and Creator/ChloeMoretz.
Creator/ChloeGraceMoretz.


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-->'''Maria''': You leave without looking at me, as if I didnít exist, Ö the audience follows you out, but instantly forgets about her, soÖ
-->'''Jo-Ann''': [''smiling''] So...so what? No one really gives a fuck about Helena at that point, do you think? Iím sorry, but I mean itís pretty clear to me this poor womanís all washed up. [''Beat''] I mean your character, right, not you.


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* SkinnyDipping: In one scene, Maria and Valentine hike to the edge of a lake and then strip off and have a swim, although only Maria strips off completely. This was partly because it was thought that Valentine, being a younger American, would be more inhibited than the European Maria about taking her clothes off, but it also demonstrates how Maria is coming to terms with her older body.

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* BittersweetEnding: [[spoiler: Valentine simply vanishes and is forgotten about, if she ever really existed in the first place, but it's suggested that Maria has at last accepted what Valentine's being trying to tell her all along: that she herself has got older and can't cling onto her youth anymore. The final shot of the film has her sitting onstage, smoking, waiting for the play to start, looking calm and at peace.]]


* JerkassHasAPoint: Maria asks Jo-Ann to play a moment in the play the way she played it herself, when she was young, to emphasise Helena's distress. Jo-Ann refuses, on the grounds that everyone gets that Helena is distressed and it's time to move on. This is the moment when Maria finally realises the dynamic of the play she's in: she concedes that Jo-Ann's right, and she herself is "lost in my memories".



* StealthHiBye: All done in one shot. Marie and Valentine are seen descending a slope into a shallow ravine, and they disappear from sight behind the ridge, which is closer to the camera. A moment later, Marie comes up the near side of the ravine, but Valentine is never seen again, and it's never explained where she went.

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* StealthHiBye: All done in one shot. Marie Maria and Valentine are seen descending a slope into a shallow ravine, and they disappear from sight behind the ridge, which is closer to the camera. A moment later, Marie Maria comes up the near side of the ravine, but Valentine is never seen again, and it's never explained where she went.



* [[SuspiciouslyAproposMusic Suspiciously Apropos Script]]: The play ''Maloja Snake'' also exactly mirrors the real life situation each of the characters find themselves in.

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* [[SuspiciouslyAproposMusic Suspiciously Apropos Script]]: The play ''Maloja Snake'' also exactly mirrors the real life situation each of the characters find themselves in. At one point, a scene begins with Maria and Valentine apparently having a tense argument about their own work arrangements, and only a few moments in does it become clear that they are in fact rehearsing a scene from the play.

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* StealthHiBye: All done in one shot. Marie and Valentine are seen descending a slope into a shallow ravine, and they disappear from sight behind the ridge, which is closer to the camera. A moment later, Marie comes up the near side of the ravine, but Valentine is never seen again, and it's never explained where she went.

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* HomoeroticSubtext: Thereís quite a bit of this between Maria and Valentine, such as Maria peeking at Valentine sleeping in her underwear, and in the scenes when they rehearse ''Maloja Snake'' together.


* DistaffCounterpart: A number of viewers have labeled the movie as a feminine equivalent to ''Film/{{Birdman}}''. Then again, given that this film was released several months earlier, itís arguable that ''Birdman'' is this trope with respect to this movie.


* DistaffCounterpart: A number of viewers have labeled the movie as a feminine equivalent to ''Film/{{Birdman}}''.

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* DistaffCounterpart: A number of viewers have labeled the movie as a feminine equivalent to ''Film/{{Birdman}}''. Then again, given that this film was released several months earlier, itís arguable that ''Birdman'' is this trope with respect to this movie.

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