Pop Life: ‘A Star Is Born’ and ‘Vox Lux’ Look at What Artists Sacrifice for Their Art

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The Toronto International Film Festival prides itself on being both for the people and all about the glamour. Movie stars and spectators don’t quite mingle in Toronto, but the red carpet is a central attraction and ticket prices are meant to be accommodating (seats these days nevertheless start at $18). Perhaps this helps explain why two of the most anticipated films of the festival are about the difficult lives of popular artists in the spotlight. Bradley Cooper’s directorial debut, A Star Is Born, and Brady Corbet’s Vox Lux follow the rise and sort-of fall of female singers, but the messages they communicate couldn’t be more different.

Manuela Lazicessay, ringer, TIFF18