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|Directed by||Brady Corbet|
|Screenplay by||Brady Corbet|
|Music by||Scott Walker|
|Edited by||Matthew Hannam|
Vox Lux is a 2018 American musical drama film directed by Brady Corbet with a screenplay by Corbet from a story by Corbet and Mona Fastvold. It stars Natalie Portman, Jude Law, Raffey Cassidy, Stacy Martin and Jennifer Ehle.
Teenage sisters Celeste (Raffey Cassidy) and Eleanor "Ellie" Montgomery (Stacy Martin) survive a school shooting in 1999, and are catapulted into stardom after writing and performing a song about their experience. The film traces Celeste's career as she draws the attention of a passionate manager (Jude Law) and rises to worldwide fame. In 2017, the now-31-year-old Celeste (Natalie Portman) is mother to a teenage daughter of her own (Cassidy) and is preparing for a massive concert while dealing with the media fallout of a terrorist attack using her own iconography.
- Natalie Portman as Celeste Montgomery
- Raffey Cassidy as Young Celeste Montgomery / Albertine
- Jude Law as The Manager
- Stacy Martin as Eleanor "Ellie" Montgomery, Celeste's older sister
- Jennifer Ehle as Josie, the Publicist
- Willem Dafoe as The Narrator
- Maria Dizzia as Stephanie Dwyer
- Christopher Abbott as The Journalist
- Meg Gibson as Mrs. Montgomery, Celeste's mother
- Daniel London as Father Cliff
- Micheal Richardson as The Musician
- Matt Servitto as Mr. Montgomery, Celeste's father
- Leslie Silva as The Stylist
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. In September 2016, Rooney Mara joined the cast of the film, while Sia was hired to compose original songs for the film. In October 2016, Jude Law joined the cast of the film. In January 2017, Stacy Martin confirmed her involvement in the film. In January 2018, Natalie Portman joined the cast of the film, replacing Mara. In February 2018, Raffey Cassidy joined the cast of the film. In August 2018, it was announced that Sia would be contributing original songs and Scott Walker would be scoring the film. 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 Brady 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.”
Vox Lux premiered at the 75th Venice International Film Festival on September 4, 2018. It also screened at the 43rd Toronto International Film Festival on September 7, 2018. Shortly after, Neon acquired distribution rights to the film. It was screened at the 29th New Orleans Film Festival on October 23, 2018. It was scheduled to be released on December 7, 2018.
On review aggregator Rotten Tomatoes, the film holds an approval rating of 60% “Fresh” based on 203 reviews, with an average rating of 6.39/10. The website's critical consensus reads, "Intriguing albeit flawed, 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." On Metacritic, the film has a weighted average score of 68 out of 100, based on 35 reviews, indicating "generally favorable reviews".
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