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Vox Lux begins in 1999 when teenage sisters Celeste (Raffey Cassidy) and Eleanor (Stacy Martin) survive a seismic, violent tragedy. The sisters compose and perform a song about their experience, making something lovely and cathartic out of catastrophe — while also catapulting Celeste to stardom. By 2017, the now 31-year-old Celeste (Natalie Portman) is mother to a teenage daughter of her own and struggling to navigate a career fraught with scandals when another act of terrifying violence demands her attention.
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Critics Consensus: Intriguing albeit flawed, Vox Lux probes the allures and pitfalls of modern celebrity with intelligence, visual style, and an assured Natalie Portman performance.
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Stark but glitzy music-industry drama has violence, sex.
What Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Vox Lux is a music-industry drama about a singer named Celeste who rises to stardom after surviving a school shooting. There are two sequences with graphic violence: the school shooting and a terrorist attack. Automatic weapons are fired, and characters (many of them teens) get shot, bleed, and die. Celeste is said to have a bullet lodged in her spine, and there are other descriptions of violence. Teen drinking is strongly implied (a teen girl vomits after a night out); characters also use drugs (getting quite high) and drink, and there are many mentions of drugs. Language is strong, with uses of "f--k," "s--t," "bitch," and more. A man is shown in nongraphic sexual situations with an underage teen girl, and another teen girl is said to have lost her virginity. Other sexual moments are suggested or discussed. The movie's tone is downbeat, and its messages are rather vague. But it has enough flash and dazzle to make it worth a look. Natalie Portman and Jude Law star.
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- Release Date:December 7, 2018
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