But now we have Vox Lux, an ambitious and polarizing story told in two parts and accented by extreme violence. The first half of the film introduces Celeste (Raffey Cassidy), a God-loving teenager whose world is shattered by a shooting at her school. She writes a song while recovering from a gun shot wound and performs it at a memorial service. When it becomes an unexpected hit for a mourning nation, she’s thrust into the world of budding pop stardom, traversing the globe with her sister and manager. The second half of the story jumps ahead nearly 20 years, with the older Celeste (Natalie Portman), now a more cynical pop demigod, dependent on both chemicals and fame. On the day of a hometown show, gunmen at a European beach wear masks inspired by the look from her debut music video, and she’s left to answer questions ahead of her performance.