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The Neon Demon

An innocent teenager (Elle Fanning) arrives in Los Angeles in search of a modeling career and, blessed with that indefinable something, quickly rises to the top; this alienates and then angers her blond, lissome competitors, who are a bunch of vampires. (No, really—they're a bunch of vampires.) This stylish shocker by writer-director Nicolas Winding Refn (Drive) equates physical beauty with the life force—the metaphor is intriguing, but not enough to compensate for his cliched portrayal of the modeling business as a glamorous snake pit. Refn enlisted two female writers (Mary Laws and Polly Stenham) to help with the screenplay, which still comes across like a man's notion of how women feel. With Jena Malone, Christina Hendricks, and Keanu Reeves in one of his most effective modes, as a menacing SOB.

Credits

Director:

  • Nicolas Refn

Cast:

  • Elle Fanning
  • Christina Hendricks
  • Keanu Reeves
  • Jena Malone
  • Abbey Lee
  • Bella Heathcote
  • Desmond Harrington
  • Karl Glusman

Producers:

  • Lene Børglum
  • Sidonie Dumas
  • Vincent Maraval
  • Nicolas Refn
  • Michael Bassick
  • Brahim Chioua
  • Rachel Dik
  • Victor Ho
  • Steven Marshall
  • Christophe Riandee
  • Thor Sigurjonsson
  • Jeffrey Stott
  • Gary Walters
  • Christopher Woodrow

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