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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

Credited cast:
Natalie Portman ... Celeste
Jude Law ... The Manager
Raffey Cassidy ... Young Celeste / Albertine
Willem Dafoe ... Narrator (voice)
Christopher Abbott
Jennifer Ehle ... Josie the Publicist
Stacy Martin ... Eleanor
Natasha Romanova ... Reporter
Maria Dizzia ... Ms. Dwyer
Erik King
Maria Severny ... Receptionist
Matt Servitto ... Celeste's Father
Sophie Lane Curtis ... Tony
Christopher Dylan White
Daniel London ... Father Cliff
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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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year 1999 | year 2017 | pop star | icon | See All (4) »

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A Twenty-First Century Portrait

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Drama | Music

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

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

7 December 2018 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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Filming Locations:

New York City, New York, USA

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$155,714, 9 December 2018, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$155,714, 9 December 2018
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1.66 : 1
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During the film's Q&A at the 2018 Toronto International Film Festival, Brady Corbet, the director of the film, revealed that the title of the film, Vox Lux, means Voice of Light in Latin. See more »

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Firecracker
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Yikes - starts really well - a narcisstic mess by the end
12 December 2018 | by peedurSee all my reviews

This film suffers from the same kind of poor choices which would cause someone to, say, make a 9/11 disco musical. It wields an enormous subject and chooses to focus on the most irrelevant aspects of any reaction to that subject.

It doesn't really matter what you want to say - the bizarre, unresolved context for the setup feels faintly obscene and eventually bankrupt. If the point of the film is to illustrate the shallowness of reactions to terror and violence, then it failed to say that. Instead, it looks more like a statement about the parallels between self-expression, terrorism, self-obsession, or losing your identity to celebrity, or something... By the end of the film I was deeply annoyed.

Hats-off the all of the professionals who clearly know how to make an impressive film here. But this story however, is a mess of intensity looking for a point. I believe that it fails eventually because of the indigestible premise.


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