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Vox Lux (2018)

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

Director:

Brady Corbet

Writers:

Brady Corbet (story by), Mona Fastvold (story by)
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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 Leslie Silva ... The Stylist
Allison Winn ... Therese

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Natalie Portman and her Vox Lux co-star Raffey Cassidy discuss playing the same complex character and how they created chemistry with director Brady Corbet.

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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

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Drama | Music

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Trivia

Rooney Mara was attached to the lead role when the project was announced. After the project was put on hold, Mara dropped out and Portman replaced her. See more »

Goofs

In the voice-over at the beginning, the year 2000 is described as "the dawn of the new millennium". In fact that year was the last year of the second millennium, which would make 2001 "the dawn of the new millennium. See more »

Quotes

Celeste: It's... it's a weird world we live in, and, I guess, no matter how much you try to ignore all these things that are really happening, sometimes they just find a way to creep in.
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Crazy Credits

End credits roll downwards which only include post-production credits, score and music credits and business credits. See more »

Connections

References Brainstorm (1983) See more »

Soundtracks

Skater's Waltz
Written by Emil Waldteufel (as Émile Waldteufel)
Courtesy of APM
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A Haunting Version of A Star is Born
19 December 2018 | by ThomasDrufkeSee all my reviews

I waited nearly 4 days to write this review/reaction because I genuinely wasn't sure how I felt after seeing Vox Lux. I'm not the first one to say this but it's quite the pairing with A Star is Born for what could be the best double feature of 2018, with both portraying such a vastly different take on rise to stardom. Much like other 2018 films Hereditary and 22 July, there are a few scenes in Vox Lux that I will never forget in that they are some of the most haunting and terrifying sequences I have ever seen on film. However, a film like 22 July had an easier plot to follow and a much more direct narrative, whereas Vox Lux is a dark interpretation of fame, and an interpretation that doesn't give the clearest clues as to how your supposed to feel after viewing. The performances are extraordinary, including yet another star-making turn from Raffey Cassidy and expectedly great turns from Jude Law and of course, Natalie Portman. Even if I'm not totally sure on how I feel about this film, I know that I want more films to be this bold and daring.

7.4/10


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Country:

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Release Date:

20 December 2018 (Kuwait) See more »

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New York City, New York, USA See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$155,714, 9 December 2018

Gross USA:

$727,119

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$1,399,272
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1.66 : 1
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