Annette ★★★

Even at his darkest (Pola X) and his most artificial (Holy Motors), Leos Carax was never normally this cynical. Don’t know how much of that is down to Sparks’ involvement, but coming from someone who is usually so warm and genuine, it was quite alienating. The pointedly utilitarian delivery of exposition, be it narrative or emotional, didn’t do much for me and the Greek chorus stuff was honestly pretty tiresome. The bits that worked really worked for me, though. One thing I will give him is that even at his weakest, Carax is still capable creating some of the most breathtaking images and set pieces of the year. If nothing else, you should go and give him your money in the hopes that we won’t have to wait another decade for his next film.

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