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The Neon Demon (2016)

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When aspiring model Jesse moves to Los Angeles, her youth and vitality are devoured by a group of beauty-obsessed women who will take any means necessary to get what she has.

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The sixteen year-old aspiring model Jesse arrives in Los Angeles expecting to be a successful model. The aspirant photographer Dean takes photos for her portfolio and dates her. Jesse befriends the lesbian makeup artist Ruby and then the envious models Gigi and Sarah in a party. Meanwhile the agency considers Jesse beautiful with a "thing" that makes her different and she is sent to the professional photographer Jack. Jesse attracts he attention of the industry and has a successful beginning of career. But Ruby, Gigi and Sarah are capable to do anything to get her "thing". Written by Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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Beauty isn't everything. It's the only thing. See more »

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Rated R for disturbing violent content, bloody images, graphic nudity, a scene of aberrant sexuality, and language | See all certifications »

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24 June 2016 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Neonski demon  »

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Budget:

$7,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$589,014 (USA) (24 June 2016)

Gross:

$1,330,827 (USA) (29 July 2016)
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This is the second collaboration between actors Christina Hendricks, Elle Fanning, and Alessandro Nivola. The first was Ginger & Rosa (2012), where Hendricks, Fanning and Nivola played mother daughter and father. See more »

Goofs

When Jessie kisses herself in the mirror during her modeling scene, the mirror on her right is already stained with lipstick before she touches it with her lips, in the next shot as she goes to kiss the mirror on her left the lipstick stains on the right are suddenly gone. See more »

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Roberta Hoffmann: I see twenty or thirty girls come in here everyday. From small towns, with big dreams. Some girls crack under the pressure. You... You're going to be great.
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References Scream 3 (2000) See more »

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Waving Goodbye
Performed by Sia
Produced & Engineered by Diplo & Djemba Djemba
Written by Sia
Recorded at Mad Decent Studios
Sia appears courtesy of Monkey Puzzle Records
Diplo appears courtesy of Mad Decent
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Questioning what I just saw makes this even more cinematic art
25 June 2016 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

And it is a beautiful piece of art work, just like a painting moving.

Think we have to give a lot of credit to The Director of Photography for her stunning work adding to the film's beauty and intensity.

I went to see this movie because I'm a huge fan of the director's previous film, Drive, but now I'm beginning to see that Drive may have been a fluke, a one time thing. Especially after seeing his follow up film, Only God Forgives, which like this movie, all his movies as a matter of fact, were shot with such style and beauty.

The Neon Demon started off slow for me and I was thinking it was going to leave me dissatisfied like Only God Forgives , but that's not what happen. The confusion of the right turn this movie makes made it worth the watch. Truly like a piece of art, the overall product touched me and became very indulging.

Elle Fanning leads a well done cast of character performances, even Keanu Reaves was great. I think this is Elle's first adult role playing an underage model struggling to make it in LA. The movie explores possibly the best and worse case scenario of what could happen to a young girl alone in that city.

Definitely a great movie to watch. It's not Drive, but loved it far better than Only God Forgives.


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