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The music drama begins in 1999 as teenage sisters Celeste (Raffey Cassidy) and Eleanor (Stacy Martin) form a musical act inspired by a shared tragedy. The sisters are recruited by a manager (Jude Law) and quickly enter into a world of fame and fortune. The film later picks up in 2017, when 31-year-old Celeste (Natalie Portman) is a mother to a teenage daughter (Cassidy). In the modern-day scenario, Celeste struggles to navigate her career amid scandals when she faces yet another tragic event.
Jennifer Ehle, Maria Dizzia and Christopher Abbott also star in the film, which was written and directed by Brady Corbet. Willem Dafoe narrates the film.
The trailer opens with 31-year-old Celeste speaking about her new album with an interviewer. “This is a combination of my life’s work so far. I was under a lot of stress after my accident, but that’s what this show is about. It’s about rebirth,” she says.
Celeste is then seen backstage at a show, clad in glitter and a sparkly ensemble. She is heard asking her audience if they have ever cried themselves to sleep at night. “People have been trying to take me down for years, but I won’t stay down,” she tells the screaming crowd.
The concert scene is juxtaposed with a clip of her manager waiting outside her hotel room, urging her to come out.
“It’s a weird world we live in,” she says in a voiceover as shots of a SWAT team invading a building and people attending a vigil appear onscreen. “And the way I’ve chosen to live my life goes against some people’s views on things.”
The following shots show Celeste asking paparazzi to stop following her and losing her temper while ordering at a restaurant. Her daughter tells her that she is worried about her following their meal.
“All that matters is that you have an angle,” Celeste says as clips show her in eccentric costumes. She later tells her manager that she’s scared, which implies that she has experienced something traumatic.
A montage then features contrasting clips from Celeste’s career with more intense imagery, including an exploding car and a group of people walking around with loaded guns. “They wanted a show. I gave them a show,” Celeste says at the conclusion of the trailer.
Vox Lux premiered at the Venice International Film Festival in September. The film will be in theaters on Dec. 7.
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