Annette ★★★★

To this day, and now even more cemented than ever, I acknowledge that I was a genuine fool to miss this at Cannes. We'll likely never see a musical like 'Annette' ever again; an endlessly fascinating cinematic dialogue infused with the fears of intergenerational guilt and trauma. An opera by design, but an unraveling case study on the fleeting susceptibility and addiction of performance; the self-reflexive art of theatre/stage interwoven through tragedy, barbarity, and the trials of authenticity & identity. In all of its gonzo weirdness, there's an aching core; a love letter to the ones we've conceived and a warning of the future and the tribulations of the self, whilst in the face of great excess and fame.

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