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  • Career Resurrection: The film saved Kristen Stewart's career after the end of the Twilight saga, which was enormously successful but which she had always taken a critical shellacking for. Demonstrating here that she could actually act, she spent the rest of the 2010s rebuilding her critical respectability.
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    • The scenes where Valentine breaks down Jo-Ann's acting sounds suspiciously like Kristen Stewart defending herself (especially over her acting in mainstream-blockbusters like Twilight).
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    • Also, the film's writer/director Olivier Assayas co-wrote André Téchiné's 1985 movie Rendez-vous, in which Juliette Binoche had one of her first starring roles as Nina, a 21-year-old actress who gets into an intense love triangle with two guys. That film, like this one, ends with Binoche playing an actress, waiting for the play she's in to begin.

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