Vox Lux

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Vox Lux
Vox Lux.png
Theatrical release poster
Directed byBrady Corbet
Produced by
Screenplay byBrady Corbet
Story by
Starring
Narrated byWillem Dafoe
Music byScott Walker
CinematographyLol Crawley
Edited byMatthew Hannam
Production
companies
Distributed byNeon
Release date
  • September 4, 2018 (2018-09-04) (Venice)
  • December 7, 2018 (2018-12-07) (United States)
Running time
110 minutes[1]
CountryUnited States
LanguageEnglish
Box office$162,252[2]

Vox Lux is a 2018 American drama film written and directed by Brady Corbet. It stars Natalie Portman, Jude Law, Raffey Cassidy, Stacy Martin and Jennifer Ehle.

The film had its world premiere at the 75th Venice International Film Festival on September 4, 2018. It was released on December 7, 2018, by Neon.

Plot[edit]

The film begins in 1999 with teenage sisters Celeste Montgomery (Raffey Cassidy) and Eleanor "Ellie" Montgomery (Stacy Martin), who have survived a seismic, violent tragedy. The sisters compose and perform a song about their experience, making something lovely and cathartic out of catastrophe and launch singing careers. The sisters draw the attention of a passionate manager (Jude Law) and are rapidly catapulted into fame and fortune, with Celeste as the star and Ellie the creative anchor. By the film's second half, set in 2017, the now 31-year-old Celeste (Natalie Portman) is mother to a teenage daughter of her own (Raffey Cassidy) and struggling to navigate a career fraught with scandals when another act of terrifying violence demands her attention.

Cast[edit]

Production[edit]

In August 2016, it was announced Brady Corbet would write and direct the film, with Christine Vachon, David Hinojosa and Brian Young producing the film under their Killer Films and Three Six Zero Group banners respectively.[4] In September 2016, Rooney Mara joined the cast of the film, while Sia was hired to compose original songs for the film.[5] In October 2016, Jude Law joined the cast of the film.[6] In January 2017, Stacy Martin confirmed her involvement in the film.[7] In January 2018, Natalie Portman joined the cast of the film, replacing Mara.[8] In February 2018, Raffey Cassidy joined the cast of the film.[9] In August 2018, it was announced that Sia would be contributing original songs and Scott Walker would be scoring the film.[10] Speaking of his surprise involvement in the film, Willem Dafoe, who narrates the film, stated that “it was a very last-minute thing. I think [director] Brady [Corbet] had another voice in there and he wasn’t quite happy with it, and at the last minute he had the idea to use me to be the narrator — which in terms of actual work isn’t a huge time commitment. It’s an important tonal element and framing device in the film. It’s a kind of go-between with the audience.”[11]

Principal photography began on February 1, 2018.[12]

Release[edit]

Vox Lux premiered at the 75th Venice International Film Festival on September 4, 2018.[13] It also screened at the 43rd Toronto International Film Festival on September 7, 2018.[14][15] Shortly after, Neon acquired distribution rights to the film.[16] It will also be screened at the 29th New Orleans Film Festival on October 23, 2018.[17] It is scheduled to be released on December 7, 2018.[18]

Reception[edit]

On review aggregator Rotten Tomatoes, the film holds an approval rating of 66% based on 101 reviews, with an average rating of 6.8/10. The website's critical consensus reads, "Vox Lux probes the allures and pitfalls of modern celebrity with sharp intelligence and visual style, all held together by an assured Natalie Portman performance."[19] On Metacritic, the film has a weighted average score of 72 out of 100, based on 28 reviews, indicating "generally favorable reviews".[20]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Vox Lux". Venice Biennale. Retrieved July 25, 2018.
  2. ^ "Vox Lux". Box Office Mojo. Retrieved December 9, 2018.
  3. ^ White, Peter (September 4, 2018). "Natalie Portman On Playing Pop Star Celeste In Brady Corbet's 'Vox Lux' – Venice". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved September 4, 2018.
  4. ^ Donnelly, Matt (August 8, 2016). "Brady Corbet to Write and Direct Pop Star Drama 'Vox Lux' (Exclusive)". TheWrap. Retrieved February 1, 2018.
  5. ^ Kroll, Justin (September 21, 2016). "Rooney Mara to Play a Pop Star in Drama 'Vox Lux' With Original Music From Sia". Variety. Retrieved February 1, 2018.
  6. ^ Kroll, Justin (October 4, 2016). "Jude Law to Join Rooney Mara in Pop Star Drama 'Vox Lux' (EXCLUSIVE)". Variety. Retrieved February 1, 2018.
  7. ^ Tice Studman, Kristen (January 17, 2017). "Stacy Martin Has a "Very French" Approach to Drinking Wine and Eating Bread". W. Retrieved February 1, 2018.
  8. ^ Lang, Brent (January 26, 2018). "Natalie Portman Boards 'Vox Lux' (EXCLUSIVE)". Variety. Retrieved February 1, 2018.
  9. ^ Kroll, Justin (February 6, 2018). "Natalie Portman's 'Vox Lux' Adds 'Killing of a Sacred Deer's' Raffey Cassidy (EXCLUSIVE)". Variety. Retrieved February 6, 2018.
  10. ^ Barfield, Charles (August 21, 2018). "Sia & Scott Walker Providing The Music For Natalie Portman Musical Drama 'Vox Lux'". The Playlist. Retrieved August 23, 2018.
  11. ^ Willem Dafoe on Becoming Vincent  Van  Gogh: "You Want a Living Painting, Not a Museum Piece"
  12. ^ McAtree, Paige (January 31, 2018). "Movie Starring Natalie Portman, Jude Law To Film In Floral Park". New Hyde Park Patch. Retrieved February 1, 2018.
  13. ^ Tartaglione, Nancy (July 25, 2018). "Venice Film Festival Lineup: Welles, Coen Brothers, Cuaron, Greengrass, More – Live". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved July 25, 2018.
  14. ^ Vlessing, Etan (August 21, 2018). "Toronto: Natalie Portman's 'Vox Lux,' Chloe Grace Moretz's 'Greta' Join Festival Lineup". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved August 21, 2018.
  15. ^ "Vox Lux". Toronto International Film Festival. Retrieved August 21, 2018.
  16. ^ Fleming Jr, Mike (September 10, 2018). "Festival Action Heating As NEON Edging Towards Natalie Portman-Starrer 'Vox Lux:' Toronto". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved September 10, 2018.
  17. ^ "Vox Lux | New Orleans Film Society". New Orleans Film Society. Retrieved 2018-09-30.
  18. ^ D'Alessandro, Anthony (September 21, 2018). "'Vox Lux' To Strike A Chord This Awards Season As NEON Sets December Release For Natalie Portman-Jude Law Music Drama". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved September 21, 2018.
  19. ^ "Vox Lux (2018)". Rotten Tomatoes. Retrieved December 8, 2018.
  20. ^ "Vox Lux Reviews". Metacritic. Retrieved December 8, 2018.

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