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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
Willem Dafoe ... Narrator (voice)
Jude Law ... The Manager
Jennifer Ehle ... Josie the Publicist
Raffey Cassidy ... Young Celeste / Albertine
Christopher Abbott ... The Journalist
Stacy Martin ... Eleanor
Maria Dizzia ... Ms. Dwyer
Matt Servitto ... Celeste's Father
Erik King
Natasha Romanova ... Reporter
Daniel London ... Father Cliff
Fred Hechinger ... Aidan
Allison Winn ... Therese
Christopher Dylan White
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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

Genres:

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:

20 December 2018 (Kuwait) See more »

Also Known As:

Vox Lux See more »

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:

$727,119, 6 January 2019
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1.66 : 1
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This is Natalie Portman's and Jude Law's fourth collaboration. The others were Cold Mountain (2003), Closer (2004), and My Blueberry Nights (2007). See more »

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Bang Bang
Written by James Gadon and Tan Ciyiltepe
Performed by Sunrise in the Desert
Courtesy of Route 84 Music Inc.
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One of my favorites this year.
11 November 2018 | by noahbeanslice-223-262332See all my reviews

Natalie Portman transcends in the most challenging and unshakable film I've seen this year.

*spoilers!*

Brady Corbet's Vox Lux has an "angle" unlike the other post-Columbine, post-911 films that simply objectify traumatic events (think Gus Van Sant's Elephant (2003)).

Corbet gives terrorism an origin story.

obviously, his aspirations are doomed from the get-go. No one can present some catch-all to explain how terrorists develop their thinking.

the only thing we can be sure of is that our news-media platforms will scrape every variable together in one place, inevitably dissolving the barrier between infamy and fame.

I was discouraged seeing dozens of people walking out of the 41st-Annual Denver Film Festival premiere but I understood their decision.

Vox Lux's subject matter is difficult, and I don't think I'll watch it again soon, but it provides an indescribable feeling of media-saturated hysteria that's uncomfortable for most people to try and process, myself included.

this film captures the existential dread you sometimes feel when every image in your Instagram/Apple News feed feels like it's not only connected, but also reinforcing the worst aspects of society. You open up your phone: another mass shooting, Kanye West hugs Trump, California wildfire burns, etc. This movie proposes that these things are all closely related, and directly influencing one another.

in Celeste's "21st-Century Portrait", space and time are rendered meaningless, as her geography (physical distance) does nothing to separate her from the emotional repercussions of her work, and 17 years (tangential distance) has failed to separate her from the trauma of her childhood. She feels like she's been travelling on a straight highway road, but history/media indicate that she's only moving in cycles.

the way events/subjects blend and juxtapose, having Celeste's private thoughts manifest themselves in public arenas, and vice-versa, is a very unique, very 21-century type of disorienting angst. Kudos to Corbet.







wasn't a good date night flick, however.


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