The Neon Demon Elle Fanning

Newly arrived in Los Angeles, 16-year-old aspiring model Jesse (Elle Fanning) quickly breaks into a fashion world keen to exploit her virginal beauty, but the qualities that make her a hot property in fashion shoots and on the catwalk also make her an object of jealousy and desire in The Neon Demon.

Drive director Nicolas Winding Refn’s immensely stylish art-house film won’t be too all tastes. Decadent and dazzling, it has elements of dream-like fairytale, surreal horror and deadpan satire, all bound together by a hypnotic electronic score from Refn’s frequent collaborator, Cliff Martinez.

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“Naive, narcissistic and cold-bloodedly ambitious”

As Jesse, Fanning is terrific: simultaneously naive, narcissistic and cold-bloodedly ambitious. And her co-stars are spot-on, too, with striking performances from Jena Malone, as Jesse’s makeup artist mentor; Bella Heathcote and Abbey Lee, as rival models; Christina Hendricks, as the fashion agent who gives Jesse her big break; and Keanu Reeves, as the manager of a sleazy Pasadena motel.

For some, the film is as shallow as the fashion world it depicts, yet surrender to its seductive surface gloss and you will find it perversely mesmerising.

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Certificate 18. Runtime 117 mins. Director Nicolas Winding Refn

The Neon Demon is released on Blu-ray, DVD & Digital Download on Monday 31 October from Icon

Extras:

  • Audio commentary with Nicholas Winding Refn & Elle Fanning
  • Making of the music with Nicholas Winding Refn & Cliff Martinez
  • Dazed interview with Nicholas Winding Refn & Elle Fanning
  • Image gallery
  • Trailer