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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