The Neon Demon | 2016

Directed by: Nicolas Winding Refn

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Main Plot

An aspiring model, Jesse, is new to Los Angeles. However, her beauty and youth, which generate intense fascination and jealousy within the fashion industry, may prove themselves sinister.


  • Elle Fanning's character is named Jesse, a young aspiring model who becomes the target of envy and obsession.
  • Christina Hendricks' character in The Neon Demon is named Roberta Hoffman, and she is a modeling agency owner.
  • Keanu Reeves plays Hank in The Neon Demon, a motel owner who becomes involved in the dark world of the fashion industry.


In the ending of "The Neon Demon," Jesse, a young aspiring model, discovers the dark truth about the industry's obsession with beauty and fame. After being killed by her jealous rivals, her body is transformed into a macabre work of art. The film concludes with a photoshoot where her lifeless body is displayed, symbolizing the destructive nature of the fashion world and the lengths people will go to attain perfection.

Nicolas Winding Refn