Clouds of Sils Maria (2014) | The Definitive Explaination

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  1. Val and jo-Ann represent youth. They are one and the same. When Jo-Ann tells Maria why she won’t pause for a second in the play she is describing why Val left or why her youth is leaving her. Then Maria accepts that her youth has left. Val is Maria’s youth.

  2. Maria and Val were the same person the entire time, kind of like Brad Pitt and Edward Norton in Fight Club. Most people just miss this part of CoSM.

    • How do you explain that Val is there and acknowledged by other characters when Maria is present, and Maria introduces Val to other characters. If she still doesn’t really exist, what are we to think of what the other characters are experiencing? Sorry, your theory does not fit the movie.

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