In 2010, Natalie Portman opened the Venice Movie Pageant as a tormented ballerina in “Black Swan,” a task that earned her an Oscar. She was again Tuesday with “Vox Lux,” as a brattish pop star with a troubled previous.
That previous performs out within the movie’s early scenes, the place Portman’s character, Celeste, performed as a 14-year-old woman by Raffey Cassidy, has her life reworked by a faculty capturing that leaves her wounded and psychologically scarred.
A music Celeste performs at a televised memorial for the lifeless propels her to fame, condemning the candy younger woman to develop up into an infantilized pop princess, managed by Jude Legislation who veers between nurturing and sleazy.
Talking forward of its world premiere, Portman mentioned “Vox Lux” was “a portrait and a mirrored image of our society and this kind of intersection of popular culture and violence and the spectacle that we equate between the 2.”
Calling the regularity of faculty shootings in the USA “a kind of civil struggle,” she added: “The psychological affect of what meaning for each child going to highschool daily, each mother or father dropping their youngsters off daily … small acts of violence can create widespread psychological torment.”
Author-director Brady Corbet, who gained prizes in Venice in 2015 for his debut “The Childhood of a Chief,” mentioned Portman’s character was “actually not designed to be a monster in any respect.”
“She’s as a lot a sufferer of the period as she is a pacesetter of the period … the movie may be very a lot about the truth that the 20th century was marked by the time period ‘the banality of evil’ and the 21st century, I believe, will probably be outlined by the ‘pageantry of evil.’”
With songs composed by Australian singer-songwriter Sia, “Vox Lux” is one among 21 movies vying for the Golden Lion, which will probably be awarded in Venice on Sept 8.