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Vox Lux (2018)

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An unusual set of circumstances brings unexpected success to a pop star.

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Brady Corbet

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Brady Corbet
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Natalie Portman ... Celeste
Jude Law ... The Manager
Stacy Martin ... Eleanor
Jennifer Ehle ... Josie the Publicist
Raffey Cassidy ... Young Celeste / Albertine
Christopher Abbott ... The Journalist
Logan Riley Bruner ... Cullen Active
Maria Dizzia ... Ms. Dwyer
Meg Gibson ... Celeste's Mother
Daniel London ... Father Cliff
Sahr Ngaujah
Micheál Richardson ... The Musician
Matt Servitto ... Celeste's Father
Leslie Silva ... The Stylist
Allison Winn ... Therese
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Storyline

Vox Lux follows the rise of Celeste from the ashes of a major national tragedy to pop super stardom. The film spans 18 years and traces important cultural moments through her eyes, starting in 1999 and concluding in 2017. In 1999, teenage Celeste (Raffey Cassidy) survives a violent tragedy. After singing at a memorial service, Celeste transforms into a burgeoning pop star with the help of her songwriter sister (Stacy Martin) and a talent manager (Jude Law). Celeste's meteoric rise to fame and concurrent loss of innocence dovetails with a shattering terrorist attack on the nation, elevating the young powerhouse to a new kind of celebrity: American icon, secular deity, global superstar. By 2017, adult Celeste (Natalie Portman) is mounting a comeback after a scandalous incident that derailed her career. Touring in support of her sixth album, a compendium of sci-fi anthems entitled Vox Lux, the indomitable, foul-mouthed pop savior must overcome her personal and familial struggles to ...

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A Twenty-First Century Portrait

Genres:

Drama | Music

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for language, some strong violence, and drug content | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

20 December 2018 (Kuwait) See more »

Also Known As:

Vox Lux See more »

Filming Locations:

New York City, New York, USA See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$155,714, 9 December 2018, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$727,119, 6 January 2019
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Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
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Trivia

The director claims that "Vox Lux" means "voice of light" in Latin. The correct Latin translation would be "Vox Lucis." In Latin, a word's ending depends on its role in a particular phrase. "Vox Lux" is simply two nouns, "voice light". See more »

Soundtracks

Blinded by Love
Written by Sia (as Sia Furler) and Fernando Garibay
Produced by Fernando Garibay, Miro and DNNYD
Performed by Natalie Portman
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Ambitious Huge Failure
23 February 2019 | by hampersnow-28905See all my reviews

From the trailer I expected to like this , now having seen it, it's just a huge disappointment. Well acted, but direction, story and editing are all off. It seems to be trying to make some statement about the entertainment industry and terrorism but in the end you won't care because there are no characters here to feel anything about. Entire segments of the movie were filmed in fast forward. Another movie that relies on narration to tell parts of the story, but why not just film those scenes? In this case there are scenes and individual shots that go on way too long. The director needs to know when to say cut, or someone needed to decide that a scene that goes on 6 minutes only needed 2. For a potentially fascinating subject , it was putting me to sleep. To add to it and I assume it was done on purpose, the music is horrendous. If that was suppose to be music to make people buy the soundtrack, well good luck with that. The movie was bad, the music was worse.


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