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TIFF Review: ‘Vox Lux’

September 15, 2018Britany Murphy

In Brady Corbet's Vox Lux, the audience gets an intimate look at how one girl's violent and traumatic experiences catapult her to stardom. Focusing on the correlation between violence and tragedy with the ups and downs of fame, Corbet's film is one that will have you leaving the theater with many reeling questions.

In Vox Lux, we follow the rise of Celeste (Raffey Cassidy and Natalie Portman) from victim of tragic circumstances, to her eventual rise to super-stardom. Segmented into separate acts and narrated by Willem Dafoe, we grow with Celeste and her overbearing manager (Jude Law) over an 18-year span. Not only do we see Celeste at her best, but we see her at her worst, and we see how her past eventually comes back full circle, with devastating results.

Once again, Portman delivers a stellar performance, completely transforming into the fictional pop star. The result is a story about a famous musician that is quite the opposite of the festival's other musical favorite, A Star is Born. Tackling heavy issues that are oftentimes disturbing and hard to watch, Vox Lux is a must-see.

Vox Lux makes its North American premiere at the 2018 Toronto International Film Festival. Its runtime is 1 hr. 47 min.

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