Vox Lux ★★★★★

SDiFF 2018: Movie #4

“I don’t want to make people think too much.”

After a two hour drive back into the city, my head is still pounding from Vox Lux. I want to say so much, but I think the mystery surrounding this one is for the best. It’s dark, upsetting, and surprisingly philosophical in a way that just barely avoids pretentiousness. It’s taken to an extreme, of course, but I never felt that this wasn’t an honest picture. 

This may sound like an insubstantive detail to point out, but this film may make the best use of a chapter title cards I’ve ever seen. Each section is so distinctly different in terms of content and even how it feels to watch, yet they all work together as if to support the same thesis. Music can be a life saving distraction, but as our protagonist clearly explains, not talking about something doesn’t make it go away.

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