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TIFF scores a masterful lineup of music-driven films led by Gaga in A Star is Born

Lady Gaga, Natalie Portman and a badass Elizabeth Moss star in some of the festivals most highly anticipated films sure to strike a chord with music lovers.

What is a movie without music? The right song can lay the track for adventure, set the mood for romance or intensify the action. It’s no wonder so many filmmakers love to let music take centre stage. This year, TIFF is showcasing a fantastic lineup of movies about musicians, from an aspiring country chanteuse to a punk rock badass, there’s something for every kind of fan.

Here are the must-see films about music this TIFF:

A Star Is Born

The biggest music story playing at the festival is the highly anticipated A Star Is Born, which premieres at TIFF today and has already received rave reviews (Rolling Stone dubs it “damn near perfect” and Vanity Fair urges people to believe the hype and watch “Lady Gaga and Bradley Cooper Soar”).

Hollywood’s favourite story of love and aspiration (a story that’s been told on the big screen four times) gets a modern remake in Bradley Cooper’s directorial debut. Cooper has already received high accolades for writing, producing, directing, and starring in the film alongside legendary Lady Gaga, in her first feature film performance. The timeless story follows weathered country musician Jackson Maine (Cooper) as he discovers struggling, but undeniably talented artist, Ally (Gaga). The two fall in love as he pushes Ally to reach her true potential, and they must both navigate their relationship, ambitions and inner demons while they chase their dreams.

Vox Lux

Natalie Portman, Jude Law, Raffey Cassidy, Stacy Martin and Jennifer Ehle star in this weighty music drama. Spanning two decades, the story begins in 1999 when sisters Celeste and Eleanor launch their music career with a song about the violent tragedy they experienced. The second half of the film takes place in present time, as 31-year-old Celeste (Portman) struggles to navigate a career full of scandal while raising her teenage daughter. The film is being praised for the way it tackles fame vs. infamy, as it's a timely analysis of how in our current culture tragic events co-exist alongside popular culture. 

Her Smell

No stranger to pushing boundaries in her roles, Elisabeth Moss takes it to the edge as Becky Something, a talented, foul-mouthed and self-destructive musician. The film follows the band on an emotional rollercoaster of partying and excess as we discover the humanity behind the nuanced starlet. Moss’ bold, punk rock character has received high praise, backed by a star-studded supporting cast including Amber Heard, Cara Delevingne, Dan Stevens, and Ashley Benson.

Wild Rose

Scotland takes on Nashville in this hard-luck tale worthy of a country song. A young Scottish singer, Rose-Lynn Harlan (Jessie Buckley) desperately wants to become a country music star, but the single mother and ex-convict is up against plenty of barriers to achieve her dreams. When she lands a job as a housekeeper for the affluent Susannah, the posh family becomes her biggest fans, while her own mother (Julie Walters) pushes her to take responsibility of her life.

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