Starring Natalie Portman and Jude Law, Vox Lux is a riveting character study and a perceptive survey of the cultural shifts that have shaped a generation. Actor Brady Corbet’s second feature as writer-director tracks a heroine’s path from the tragedy that defines her adolescence to the adulation that circumscribes her adulthood.
The film begins in 1999 with teenage sisters Celeste (Raffey Cassidy) and Eleanor (Stacy Martin), who have survived a seismic, violent tragedy. The sisters compose and perform a song at about their experience, making something lovely and cathartic out of catastrophe — while also launching a career.
The sisters draw the attention of a passionate manager (Law) and are rapidly catapulted into fame and fortune, with Celeste as the star and Eleanor the creative anchor.
By the film’s second half, set in 2017, the now 31-year-old Celeste (Portman) is mother to a teenage daughter of her own (Cassidy) and struggling to navigate a career fraught with scandals when another act of terrifying violence demands her attention.
Check out the first look at Vox Lux after the jump.