Brad Corbet's "Vox Lux," opening this Friday, is one of the most talked about movies of the year. Starring Natalie Portman as a Lady Gaga-esque pop superstar, it is at turns electrifying and infuriating, philosophical and juvenile, punctuated by genuinely shocking violence and a willingness to go there that few films touch. And what's more, it wants to provoke you, startle you, ruffle your feathers. "Vox Lux" wouldn't have it any other way. So, of course, we are thrilled to be bringing you an exclusive clip from the movie.
Some context: this scene is earlier in the film, when Raffey Cassidy ("Killing of a Sacred Dear," "Tomorrowland") is playing the Celese Montgomery character (who will grow up to be Portman). This is one of her first recording sessions and her nameless Manager (Jude Law) is trying to coach her. (The Ellie that young Celeste is referring to is her sister, played by Stacy Martin in both halves of the movie.) Law gives an inspired performance, somehow both twitchy and almost professorial, and it plays a little bit on the actor's own bad boy past. Law, like everyone else in "Vox Lux," is clearly having a blast.
"Vox Lux," which features original songs by Sia and a new score by Scott Walker, is everywhere this Friday.
Celeste is a 13-year-old music prodigy who survives a horrific school shooting in Staten Island, N.Y., in 1999. Her talent shines through during the memorial service when she sings a song that touches the hearts of the mourners. Guided by her sister and a talent manager, the young phenom transforms into a rising pop star with a promising future. Eighteen years later, Celeste now finds herself on the comeback trail when a scandal, personal struggles and the pitfalls of fame threaten her career. Read More