Natalie Portman is a troubled pop star in Brady Corbet's Vox Lux. Having shot to fame as a victim of a school shooting, Celeste (Portman) has reached the other side of teen stardom, and is on the brink, manipulated by her manager (Jude Law).
Narrated by Willem Dafoe, what follows is nothing less than an exploration of modern America, with celebrity, terrorism and the media in the sights.
With ambitious storytelling paired by audacious visuals, Vox Lux is also one of the best showcases since Jackie of Natalie Portman’s ability to bring authenticity to an outsize persona. Backed by a score by Scott Walker and songs by Sia, this film is a confirmation of a new filmmaking force.