The provocative musical drama Vox Lux follows the meteoric rise of Celeste (Natalie Portman) from the ashes of a major national tragedy to global pop superstardom. In 1999, teenaged Celeste (Raffey Cassidy) survives a violent tragedy and, after singing at a memorial service, transforms into a burgeoning pop star with the help of her songwriter sister (Stacy Martin) and a driven talent manager (Jude Law).
“Natalie Portman is a powerful, haunting presence – you can’t turn away from her.” – Michael Nordine, Indiewire
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, the now 31-year-old Celeste (Portman) is mother to a teenage daughter of her own and struggling to navigate a rollercoaster career fraught with scandals and notoriety when another act of terrifying violence demands her attention and threatens her increasingly tenuous hold on reality. In this second feature film from acclaimed director Brady Corbet (The Childhood of a Leader), Celeste becomes a symbol of the cult of celebrity and the media machine. Featuring original songs by Sia, an original score by Scott Walker, and a transcendent, fiercely-drawn performance by Portman, Vox Lux is an origin story about the forces that shape us — as individuals, nations, and pop gods. (Dir. by Brady Corbet, 2018, USA, 112 mins., Rated R)