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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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* ImportantHaircut: Maria has one at some point between Part One and Part Two, as if to accept that sheís no longer as young and glamorous as she used to be.


* BitchInSheepsClothing: When Maria and Jo-Ann first meet, Maria likes her (though Valentine points out that this might be because Jo-Ann did nothing but compliment her). Later on, though, Jo-Ann blows off a suggestion of Maria's for the play in a particularly cruel way.

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* BitchInSheepsClothing: When Maria and Jo-Ann first meet, Maria likes her (though Valentine points out that this might be because Jo-Ann did nothing but compliment her). her.) Later on, though, Jo-Ann blows off a suggestion of Maria's for the play in a particularly cruel way.


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* NoCelebritiesWereHarmed: Jo-Ann Ellis is basically Kristin Stewart back when she was just off the ''Twilight'' movies.


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* PsychoLesbian: In the ShowWithinAShow, Sigrid is a young sociopath who seduces and destroys her older female boss, eventually driving her to suicide.


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* ScrewThisImOutOfHere: [[spoiler:After Maria grumbles and complains about Valentine's attempt to show her the Maloja Snake, Valentine finally decides she's had enough and disappears.]]


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* TakeThat: Maria has a lot to say about superhero and sci-fi movies, none of it particularly flattering, and the snippet that we see of Jo-Ann's movie is very, very cheesy. On the other hand, the film isn't much kinder to Maria's filmography, which includes the melodrama ''Meloja Snake'' and a political thriller with the terrible title ''Beetle on Its Back''.
* UngratefulBastard: [[spoiler:Valentine eventually realizes that no matter how faithfully she serves Maria, Maria will always look down on her, and decides to leave her.]]

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* BitchInSheepsClothing: When Maria and Jo-Ann first meet, Maria likes her (though Valentine points out that this might be because Jo-Ann did nothing but compliment her). Later on, though, Jo-Ann blows off a suggestion of Maria's for the play in a particularly cruel way.
* BornInTheWrongCentury: Maria meets with a young director hoping to cast her in his first film. She suggests that Jo-Ann might be better for the part, but he rejects that outright. He seems to consider Jo-Ann, in an uncomplimentary way, as emblematic of the current era, and admits he wishes he were around in a different time.


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* 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.


* StylisticSuck: Jo-Annís previous film. Itís almost like a parody of cheap 70s sci-fi.

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* StylisticSuck: Jo-Annís previous film. Itís almost like a parody film, an incredibly campy mess of cheap 70s sci-fi.YA sci-fi and superhero cliches. Maria, the highbrow veteran actress, is utterly dumbfounded watching it, even taking off her 3D glasses at one point to make sure that what she's watching is real, and bursts out laughing when Valentine tries to defend it.


''Clouds of Sils Maria'' (titled simply as ''Sils Maria'' in Europe) is a 2014 drama by Oliver Assayas staring starring Juliette Binoche, 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 Juliette Binoche, 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.

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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, Juliette Binoche, Creator/KristenStewart and Creator/ChloeMoretz.

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* StarMakingRole: In-universe, the role of Sigrid is what launched Maria's successful career. Jo-Ann hopes this role in the revival will bring her some credibility.

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