Annette ★★★★

Oftentimes I tell myself that quality is all that matters, originality being an overrated commodity too many people claim to want but reject once they find it.

Then I come across the out-of-the-left-field vision of a maverick like Leos Carax in Annette and realize how simple-minded such a take is. There is nothing like entering uncharted territory when delving into a work of art, neither journey nor destination telegraphed by commercially motivated derivativeness.

Individual artistic expression is the sole reason why an uncomplicated story about how a self-serious stand-up comedian turns out to be a douche of a husband and father is presented as a darkly bewitching musical. That's beautiful, and inherently valuable.

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