Movie of the week: The Neon Demon

Stylish, surreal, deranged

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Nichola Winding Refn – the man behind Drive - is a proper filmmaker. However, as he settles into his role as arty cinema’s provocateur-in-chief, it’s clear he’s less and less interested in repeating the crossover appeal of his Gosling breakthrough – and that’s a good thing. The Neon Demon won’t be for everybody. It’s a surreal satire of the fashion industry, a brutal nightmare of narcissism, and a darkly funny horror with necrophilia thrown in seemingly for a laugh. Refn is no dramatist, but he can photograph a metaphor like nobody’s business – appropriately, this looks and sounds incredible. A collection of moments which add up to their own individual ideas rather than a story, this is memorable, baffling, off-putting and seductive. And someone throws up an eyeball in it.

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