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The Neon Demon

Directed by Nicolas Winding Refn

USA, 2016

HOME, 26 July 2016

The Neon Demon

A beautiful young woman comes to LA, looking to forge a career as a model.

She arouses envy and desire, love and hate and an amalgam of both, in those around her. Everyone is on edge. Men want her, women want her (lesbian seduction alert) and they want to be her too. They want what she has: beauty, innocence, youth…

It is a stylish film and it put me in mind of Rosemary’s Baby. A curious comparison, perhaps, but it’s one that struck me because of the way the film went from being a tightly wound psychological thriller to a full-blown horror fest, LA ablaze with a gory and gaudy grandeur.

We get to see what’s under the skin, what’s behind that ersatz cerise smile and it ain’t pretty.

An intriguing film but whether it amounts to anything other than surface glamour is an open question.