Vox Lux review – caustic, glittering sign of the times

If you listen closely to the lyrics of ‘Elastic Heart’, the 2013 whirlwind pop ballad by Sia, it might sound something like the battlecry for the wrecking-ball star in Vox Lux. Brady Corbet’s second film features original songs by the Australian singer, and feels recognisable in the striking silhouette of a powerful artist with thick skin, who walked through fire to save her life.

The ambitious and provocative film begins at the height of tragedy, with a disturbing nod to the real-life 1999 school shooting that haunts the fiction Corbet creates. A young Celeste (Raffey Cassidy) is the only survivor when her classmates and teachers are killed before her eyes. She lives, with a bullet now and forever lodged in her spine, and we have to deal with the consequences.

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