Natalie Portman dazzles in Brady Corbet’s ferociously entertaining and provocative portrait of 21st-century America seen through the prism of a pop star phenomenon.
Dir-Scr Brady Corbet
Prod Gary Michael Walters, Michel Litvak, David Litvak, Christine Vachon, David Hiojosa, Andrew Lauren, DJ Gugenheim, Brian Young
With Natalie Portman, Jude Law, Raffey Cassidy
It’s 1999 and teenage Celeste (an arrestingly good Raffey Cassidy) is a survivor of a high school shooting. Performing a song she composed with her sister Eleanor (Stacey Martin) at a memorial service for her murdered classmates, she captures the imagination of the nation and the attention of a manager (Jude Law), fuelling a rapid ascent to superstardom. Following his audacious debut, Childhood of a Leader, Brady Corbet delivers a powerful commentary on 21st-century insta-celebrity culture, charting momentous gear shifts in America through the experiences of a popstar. Celeste’s world offers intriguing contrasts, between the mass adulation of fame and isolation, between artifice and art, notoriety and talent. As adult Celeste, Natalie Portman makes for an astonishing pop diva, while Willem Dafoe offers arch commentary as our deliciously dry narrator. All propelled by a truly magnificent and idiosyncratic score from Scott Walker and synth-sugar classics penned by Sia.
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