Vox Lux

MA15 114 mins

About the film

Release Date: Feb 21, 2019
Director: Brady Corbet
Actors: Jude Law, Jennifer Ehle, Natalie Portman, Raffey Cassidy, Stacy Martin
Natalie Portman gives a bravura performance in the second feature from actor-director Bradley Corbet (The Childhood of a Leader) which spans decades in the life of a young woman juggling a scandal-ridden music career, weaving themes of school shootings, terrorism, obsessive fandom and post-traumatic stress into the psychological portrait of a singer whose career was born of tragedy. It’s both a riveting character study and a perceptive survey of the cultural shifts that have shaped a generation.

Thirteen -year-old Celeste (Raffey Cassidy) is a pretty ordinary teenager when a shooting at her high school shakes her small-town community to the core. Recovering in hospital, she and her sister Eleanor (Stacy Martin) write a song for her fallen classmates and when she performs it at the memorial service it captures not only the hearts of her grieving community but the world it seems catapulting her into pop sensation stardom. Guided by her sister (Stacy Martin) and a talent manager (Jude Law), Celeste's meteoric rise to fame dovetails with a shattering terrorist attack on the nation, elevating her to a new kind of celebrity: American icon, secular deity, global superstar.

Eighteen years later, Celeste (now played by Natalie Portman) finds herself on the comeback trail when a scandal, personal struggles and the pitfalls of fame threaten her career.

Featuring original songs by Sia and a transcendent performance by Natalie Portman, Vox Lux is a powerful, haunting film in part because Portman is a powerful, haunting presence — you can’t turn away from her.

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