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#TIFF18 Review: Vox Lux

September 8, 2018

By John Corrado

★★★ (out of 4)

The second feature by Brady Corbet, Vox Lux focuses on the anatomy of a modern pop star whose life has been impacted by violence. The first half shows us our protagonist Celeste as a teenager (Raffey Cassidy) who survives a school shooting, and finds fame as a pop star with the help of her manager (Jude Law). The second half follows her as an adult (Natalie Portman), picking up the shambles of her fame-riddled life as she prepares for a comeback concert beset by tragic circumstances.

This is an incendiary and extreme work that is sure to be polarizing, and it can be overwhelming to watch on a sensory level, but there is a lot to admire in the risks that Corbet takes. Natalie Portman absolutely rocks the role of a demanding diva, and the finale – which unfolds as an extended concert sequence – is dazzling.

Celeste (Natalie Portman) in Vox Lux

Public Screenings:

Friday, September 7th – 12:30 PM at Elgin Theatre

Monday, September 10th – 10:00 PM at Roy Thomson Hall

The 2018 Toronto International Film Festival runs from September 6th to 16th.

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