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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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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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Nicolas Winding Refn allegedly chose to film at The Paramour Mansion, because it's rumored to be haunted. See more »

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When Jesse is wiping the fake blood from her neck and shoulders in the mirror, and Ruby comes to help, the blood stains change shape continuously from one shot to the next. See more »

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Roberto Sarno: [referring to Jesse] Nothing fake, nothing false. A diamond in a sea of glass.
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Like most models, pretty with no substance
26 January 2017 | by See all my reviews

An absolutely stunningly pretty movie, with no substance. Each shot is poised for elegance and beauty, each interaction with the main character is tense and feels ominous, with a very steady build up ultimately leading to nothing unfortunately. The ending is dissatisfying, given the build up, although it is expected through out the movie as it doesn't really feel like its trying to go anywhere in particular. Sometimes its aiming for psychological thriller, other times horror, other times pure drama. The main characters transformation is strong but doesn't really feel like horror. Missed the mark, but every second is perfect for a cool desktop background


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