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The Neon Demon (2016)

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When aspiring model Jesse moves to Los Angeles, her youth and vitality are devoured by a group of beauty-obsessed women who will take any means necessary to get what she has.

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The sixteen year-old aspiring model Jesse arrives in Los Angeles expecting to be a successful model. The aspirant photographer Dean takes photos for her portfolio and dates her. Jesse befriends the lesbian makeup artist Ruby and then the envious models Gigi and Sarah in a party. Meanwhile the agency considers Jesse beautiful with a "thing" that makes her different and she is sent to the professional photographer Jack. Jesse attracts he attention of the industry and has a successful beginning of career. But Ruby, Gigi and Sarah are capable to do anything to get her "thing". Written by Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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Rated R for disturbing violent content, bloody images, graphic nudity, a scene of aberrant sexuality, and language | See all certifications »

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Neonski demon  »

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$7,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

€99,908 (Italy) (12 June 2016)

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$1,333,124 (USA) (4 August 2016)
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To get the right look for the scene between Jesse and Dean, before the mountain lion appears, Natasha Braier smeared the lens with grease from her own unwashed hair. See more »

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When Jessie kisses herself in the mirror during her modeling scene, the mirror on her right is already stained with lipstick before she touches it with her lips, in the next shot as she goes to kiss the mirror on her left the lipstick stains on the right are suddenly gone. See more »

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Roberto Sarno: Dean, we're having a little debate over here we need your expertise.
Dean: Okay.
Roberto Sarno: You know Gigi Right?
Dean: Well - I mean, we just met.
Roberto Sarno: [reffering to Gigi] Will you stand up so that he can take a look at you? Go on, stand up.
[Gigi stands up]
Roberto Sarno: Well...
Dean: Well what?
Roberto Sarno: What do you think? You think she's beautiful?
Dean: I don't know - I mean, yeah I guess she's fine.
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Waving Goodbye
Performed by Sia
Produced & Engineered by Diplo & Djemba Djemba
Written by Sia
Recorded at Mad Decent Studios
Sia appears courtesy of Monkey Puzzle Records
Diplo appears courtesy of Mad Decent
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Empty as a shell
5 June 2017 | by See all my reviews

Its no secret that Refn makes extremely violent movies (like a broad numbers of other directors) - But in his first one, Pusher (which was outstanding), made over a decade ago, you could certainly defend that violent approach due to the great story being told.

However in The Neon Demon Refn seems to loose his ground dwelling into explicit violence and leaving out any reasonable reason why (I am sure he will disagree). The movie is simply without any substance and the story lacks a reasonable meaning - it comes out empty as a shell in my humble view.

Once before Refn tried to copy master David Lynch half psychotic/half sane universe (Twin Peaks, Lost Highway) when he made Fear X, but in opinion Refn simply does not have the talent for those type of genre which The Neon Demon so obviously demonstrates.

It is not that Refn cant make movies. It just seems like he is more fascinated with violence and trying to be someone he is clearly not.


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