Starring: Elle Fanning, Alessandro Nivola, Keanu Reeves, Christina Hendricks, Abbey Lee, Jena Malone, Bella Heathcote, Charles Baker, Jamie Clayton, Desmond Harrington, Karl Glusman
OUR RATING: ★★★☆☆
Horror-thriller directed and co-written by Nicolas Winding Refn. The Neon Demon (2016) the story centers on Jesse (Elle Fanning), an aspiring model who moves to Los Angeles, where her vitality and youth are devoured by a group of beauty-obsessed women who will use any means to get what she has.
Roberto Sarno: Dean, we’re having a little debate over here we need your expertise.
Roberto Sarno: You know Gigi, right?
Dean: Well, I mean, we just met.
Roberto Sarno: [to Gigi] Will you stand up so that he can take a look at you? Go on, stand up. Well…
Dean: Well, what?
Roberto Sarno: What do you think? You think she’s beautiful?
Dean: I don’t know. I mean, yeah I guess she’s fine.
Roberto Sarno: Yes, yes, that’s exactly the word I was looking for. She’s fine! Right?
Roberto Sarno: [he touches Gigi’s arm] You can sit down now, thanks. Thank you, Dean.
Roberto Sarno: True beauty is the highest currency we have. Without it, she would be nothing.
Dean: I think you’re wrong.
Roberto Sarno: Excuse me?
Dean: I said, I think you’re wrong.
Roberto Sarno: So are you going to tell me that it’s what’s inside that counts?
Dean: Yeah, that’s exactly what I think.
Roberto Sarno: Well I think, that if she wasn’t beautiful, you wouldn’t have even stopped to look.
Roberta Hoffmann: I see twenty or thirty girls come in here every day, mostly from small towns with big dreams, and they’re all good. Some girls crack under the pressure. You, you’re going to be great.
Jesse: When I was a kid, I would sneak out to 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?” You know, I’d stay out there for hours. Sometimes I’d fall asleep, just dreaming.
Dean: About what?
Jesse: What I would be.
Dean: What was that?
Jesse: I could never figure it out.
Ruby: Am I staring?
Jesse: A little.
Ruby: Sorry, you just have such beautiful skin. I’m Ruby by the way. Do you have a name or you want me to guess?
Ruby: Jesse. And you just get to LA, Jesse?
Jesse: How did you know?
Ruby: You’ve got that look. Oh don’t worry honey, that whole deer in the headlights thing is exactly what they want.
Sarah: What’s it feel like to walk into a room and it’s like the middle of winter, you’re the sun?
Jesse: It’s everything.
Roberto Sarno: Beauty isn’t everything, it’s the only thing.
Ruby: She has that thing.
Jack: Look at Jesse.
Jesse: 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.
Sarah: [to Jesse] People see you, they notice. Do you know how lucky you are? I’m a ghost.
Roberto Sarno: [referring to Jesse] Nothing fake, nothing false. A diamond in a sea of glass.
Jesse: I don’t want to be like them. They want to be like me.
Sarah: Who wants sour milk when you get fresh meat?
Jesse: I know what I look like. Women would kill to look like this.
Jesse: Women carve and stuff, praying that one day they’ll look like me.
Jesse: Are we having a party or something?
Jesse: You know what my mother used to call me? Dangerous. “You’re a dangerous girl.” She was right, I am dangerous.