An aspiring model, Jesse, is new to Los Angeles. However, her beauty and youth, which generate intense fascination and jealousy within the fashion industry, may prove themselves sinister.

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Nicolas Winding Refn (story by), Nicolas Winding Refn (screenplay by) | 2 more credits »
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Elle Fanning ... Jesse
Karl Glusman ... Dean
Jena Malone ... Ruby
Bella Heathcote ... Gigi
Abbey Lee ... Sarah
Desmond Harrington ... Jack
Christina Hendricks ... Roberta Hoffmann
Keanu Reeves ... Hank
Charles Baker ... Mikey
Jamie Clayton ... Casting Director
Stacey Danger ... Casting Assistant
Rebecca Dayan ... Dresser
Helen Wilson ... Seamstress
Houda Shretah Houda Shretah ... Roberto Sarno's Assistant
Taylor Hill ... Flirty Model #1
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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 the attention of the industry and experiences a successful beginning of her career. Ruby, Gigi and Sarah, however, will do whatever is necessary to get this "thing" for themselves. Written by Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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Beauty isn't everything. It's the only thing. See more »

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Horror | Thriller

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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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Jena Malone played Lydia Bennet in Pride & Prejudice (2005), while Bella Heathcote played Jane Bennet in Pride and Prejudice and Zombies (2016). See more »

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When the mountain lion in Jesi's room roars the sound used is the roar of an African Lion (or possibly a tiger) not that of a California Mountain Lion. See more »

Quotes

Jesse: I don't want to be like them. They want to be like me.
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Alternate Versions

The theatrical R-rated version and unrated version are different only in the second morgue scene as follows: (A) Female genital nudity is depicted 1 hour 29 minutes and 0 seconds into the film. In the R rated version (which played in US theaters), when Ruby was kissing the corpse (played by a female actress), the bottom of the frame showed the upper half of the vulva (inclusive of somewhat blurred labia, due to the camera focus on the kissing). In the "unrated" version (NOT the theatrical version or the director's narrative - which both emulate the R rated version seen in US theaters), that same moment depicts VERY clear labial exposure (as in medical clarity, yet artistically depicted). (B) Note that the unrated version also shows Ruby's hand brush along the genitalia as it sweeps up to the left breast (R rated version prolongs the cut-away to the Jessie fantasy shot), and also depicts Ruby bouncing on the corpse as she reaches orgasm (while the R rated version shows only the close up of her face). The foley work and soundtrack during the unrated morgue scene are subtly but noticeably different. In short, the unrated cut sounds a lot more "squishy" with ample "smacking" sounds. The uncut version appears to be available through iTunes only, despite being an Amazon production,which you can find here: https://itunes.apple.com/mt/movie/the-neon-demon/id1129719992 (That means if you want to watch it on a TV you'll need an AppleTV to play it). See more »

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References Beyond the Valley of the Dolls (1970) See more »

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Real Lolita Rides Again
Composed by Cliff Martinez
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Looks great, but has some flaws...
23 April 2021 | by youngcollindSee all my reviews

It drags a bit at points, but it is an intentional slow burn. The visuals and music were stunning and the real star of the show. It's a bit hard to see the acting as intentionally plastic and not just bad acting, but that probably was the point. Thought that some scenes may have been overkill, shock for shocks sake. Finale served a purpose artistically and justified the slow build. Some of the points made by the film were obvious (the modelling industry is vacuous, duh) and have been explored before (black swan, susperia, whiplash), but I don't always see a little style over substance to be a capitol offence. Overall good experience.


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Language:

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Release Date:

24 June 2016 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Neon Demon See more »

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Los Angeles, California, USA See more »

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Budget:

$7,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$589,014, 26 June 2016

Gross USA:

$1,333,124

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$3,377,430
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2.35 : 1
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