The Neon Demon

Synopsis: 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".
Genre: Horror, Thriller
Production: Space Rocket Nation
  18 wins & 31 nominations.
 
IMDB:
6.2
Metacritic:
51
Rotten Tomatoes:
57%
R
Year:
2016
118 min
Website
1,570 Views


Am I staring?

A little.

Sorry.

You just have

such beautiful

skin.

I'm Ruby,

by the way.

Do you have

a name,

or you want

me to guess?

Jesse.

Jesse.

And you just got

to la, Jesse?

How did you know?

You've got

that look.

Oh, don't

worry, honey.

That whole

deer-in-the-headlights thing

is exactly what they want.

Here. Let me

help you with that.

Are you a model?

No, I do makeup.

So, where are

you staying?

At a motel

in Pasadena.

By yourself?

Mmm-hmm.

What do your parents

think about that?

They don't really.

Don't think,

or just don't care?

They're not

around anymore.

I'm sorry.

Hey, you wanna

go somewhere?

Where?

A party.

What kind of party?

The fun kind.

God, I love

this color on me.

Red rum.

What?

That's what

it's called.

They say women

are more likely

to buy a lipstick

if it's named

after food or sex.

Just think

about it.

Black

honey.

Plum passion.

Peachy keen.

Pink p*ssy.

What about you, Sarah,

what would your

lipstick be called?

F*** off.

Apt.

What about

you?

What about me?

Are you food

or are you sex?

She's dessert

because she's so sweet.

Hmm.

Shouldn't we get

back to the party?

Don't talk.

Still.

So what do

we think?

I think that

i wish I had

your hair.

Is this your

natural color?

You are just

so beautiful.

Don't you think that

she's just perfect?

Is that your

real nose?

Yeah.

God, life is

so unfair.

Gigi just got out

of the body shop.

She's still

a little sensitive.

You had work done?

You say that like

it's a bad thing.

Sweet, plastics is

just good grooming.

Imagine going

a year without

brushing your teeth.

I go to this guy

in Beverly hills.

- Andrew.

- Dr. Andrew.

She is in love with him.

Of course I love him.

Look at me.

He calls me

the bionic woman.

Is that a compliment?

I hear your parents

are dead.

That must be

really hard for you.

Do you have

other family?

No.

No one at all?

You must have

a boyfriend.

All she really

wants to know is,

who are you f***ing?

Sorry?

What?

Isn't that

what everyone

wants to know?

A pretty new girl

walks into a room,

everyone's head turns,

looks her up and down,

wondering,

"who is she f***ing?

"Who could she f***?

"And how high can she climb,

and is it higher than me?"

I don't...

I don't know.

I just got to town,

so I don't know

anybody here.

Right. But you've

slept with men before.

You do sleep

with men, don't you?

All the time.

I think I will get

back to the party.

Someone said there

was gonna be a show.

Jesse,

are you coming?

Who did

you say shot these?

A boyfriend?

Not really.

Not really or no?

No.

It was just some guy,

he found me online.

Be careful with that.

You're very fit.

Thank you.

You're also

very young.

I think you're perfect.

I would never

say you're fat.

But that doesn't mean

that someone else won't.

Understand?

I see 20 or 30 girls

come in here every day.

Mostly from small towns

with big dreams

because some guy named Chad

in the food court told them

they were beautiful

enough to be a model.

And they're all good.

You...

You're going to be great.

Some girls crack

under the pressure,

but if you do okay,

then we are off

to New York.

You'll work with

all the top designers.

International

success.

So the first thing

we need to do

is get you some pictures

that are a little less

amateur hour,

no offence.

Jack MacArthur is in town.

Do you know him?

No.

Get to know him.

I had to pull

some strings,

but I sent him

your polaroids,

and he has agreed to

do a test with you.

How does that sound?

It sounds great.

It sounds...

Sounds good.

Well, there's just

a teensy bit of paperwork.

I'll need a copy of

your driver's license

and a voided check,

and I can

take those right now.

When did you graduate

from high school?

I'm actually still

kind of working on it.

I need a parental

consent form.

You can go.

Parental

consent form.

Just one

signature there for

parental consent.

One little signature

and we're off.

When someone asks,

i want you to say

you are 19.

Always 19.

Eighteen

is too on the nose.

No one's going

to believe that.

Honey.

People believe

what they are told.

Hi.

Hi.

I have...

I bought you

flowers, but...

Oh. Sorry.

You go.

No, you first.

I was just gonna say

i signed with that agency.

That's great news.

Congratulations.

Thanks.

Hey, did they say

anything about my

pictures?

Didn't come up.

Cool, that's cool.

Come on.

Don't forget me when

you're all famous now.

In Georgia, the sky

is also this big.

Makes being

a person down on earth

feel really small.

You could feel

small here, too.

Do you?

Sometimes.

When I was a kid,

I would sneak out

onto the roof at night.

I thought the moon

looked like a big round eye.

And I would look up

and I'd say,

"do you see me?"

I would stay out

there for hours.

Sometimes I'd fall

asleep just dreaming.

About what?

What I would be.

What was that?

I could never

figure it out.

I can't sing.

I can't dance.

I can't write.

No real talent.

But I'm pretty,

and I can make

money off pretty.

So...

I think you're probably

good at a lot of things.

You can't tell.

We just met.

We didn't

just meet.

We met the other day.

Trust me.

I can tell.

They want me

to lie.

Who wants you to lie?

The agency.

They want me

to say I'm 19.

How old are you?

Sixteen last month.

You know, I think

i left the stove

on at home.

Stop.

Listen. I think

you ought to do what

you think is right.

I should go.

Bye.

Bye.

Thank you.

Jesse.

Do you wanna

go out again?

Yeah. That...

That'd be cool.

Yeah?

Something's in my room.

What do you mean,

something's in your room?

I saw something

in my room.

Are you high?

What are you doing?

Calling the police.

Whoa, whoa, whoa...

Relax, okay?

Mikey.

Yeah?

This lady has

an unwanted guest.

All right, a**hole.

Party's over.

Open up.

Give me the key.

Mikey, open the door.

Mikey.

The f***?

You're paying for this.

I didn't do it.

You f***ing kids are

all the f***ing same.

I will find you.

Got it?

There's your visitor.

You're done.

Let's go show him.

Jack?

Ready, ready.

Take off your shoes.

All right, everybody.

Thank you for your work.

It's gonna be

a closed set.

I don't mind staying.

It's not a problem.

We're good.

Take off your clothes.

Is there a problem?

All of it.

Turn around.

Jesse.

You're still here?

How did it go?

It went good.

It was great actually.

Did he say anything?

My agency said

if the pictures

turned out good,

he might consider them

for an editorial.

Do you think he would?

I think he makes a lot of

promises to young girls.

I should go, before

my meter runs out.

I don't think you should

be alone with him.

He seemed fine to me.

That's not what

I'm saying, Jesse.

I'm not as helpless

as I look.

Will you promise me

something?

Will you call me

if you need anything?

Night or day.

Doesn't matter.

Give me your phone.

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Nicolas Winding Refn

Nicolas Winding Refn (; Danish: [neɡolas vendeŋ ˈʁɛfn̩]; born 29 September 1970) is a Danish film director, screenwriter and producer. He is known for directing the crime dramas Bleeder (1999) and the Pusher films (1996–2005), the fictionalised biographical film Bronson (2008), the dramatic adventure film Valhalla Rising (2009), the neo-noir crime film Drive (2011), the thriller Only God Forgives (2013), and the psychological horror film The Neon Demon (2016). In 2008, Refn co-founded the Copenhagen-based production company Space Rocket Nation. more…

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