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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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Storyline

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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24 June 2016 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Neonski Demon  »

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Budget:

$7,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$589,014 (USA) (24 June 2016)

Gross:

$1,330,827 (USA) (29 July 2016)
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Nicholas Winding Refn made Elle Fanning watch Beyond the Valley of the Dolls (1970) for her preparation. See more »

Goofs

When Jesse locks her motel room door about halfway through the movie, the deadbolt goes from locked to unlocked and back to locked between shots. See more »

Quotes

Jesse: I can't sing, I can't dance, I can't write... no real talent. But I'm pretty, and I can make money off pretty.
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References Valley of the Dolls (1967) See more »

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Waving Goodbye
Written by Sia
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A work of audio-visual art
11 September 2016 | by (Belgium) – See all my reviews

I'm sure lots of people won't get this movie so it's probably going to be a 'like it' or 'leave it' flick. I liked it. The Neon Demon is visually stunning and has a hypnotizing quality thanks to the combination of images and the excellent soundscapes delivered by Refn's house composer Cliff Martinez. The film's story seems superficial and shallow and all focused on looks very much mirroring the world of modeling which is what this movie is about. It's hard to describe this movie, you have to like the 'feel' and style of it. For me this movie proves that movies don't always have to be story driven but rather can be works of visual art. Although I found 'Only God Forgives' a tad better, I do give a big thumbs up to this one and recommend you check it out!


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