It’s a tale as old as Hollywood itself: the young girl who heads to Tinseltown seeking fortune and fame. The Neon Demon is director Nicolas Winding Refn’s spin on this cliché, complete with glitz, glamour, depravity, and vapidity.
Elle Fanning is Jesse, a sixteen-year-old who arrives in LA hoping to be a model and nearly instantly ascending to ‘it girl’ status. This does not go unnoticed by her peers who begin to plot against her. Along the way she encounters pervy photographers, a sleazy Keanu, and a hotel room-crashing mountain lion.