Vox Lux ★★★

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confused, exploitative and way too overeager to explain itself but this is the third film ive seen at this year’s TIFF about mass shootings and its the only one to genuinely consider the lasting psychological and cultural aftermath of them. the bit in here that traces real pain to an artistic expression of it, to the commodification of it, to its symbolic relationship to violence and its final form as (potential) inspiration for more pain is inspired. makes me wish its broader critiques(?) of industry and culture were as sharply considered. also maybe the first film ive ever seen that is nearly derailed by the appearance of its top-billed actress, which,,, props? maybe.

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