Annette ★★★★

Never thought I'd see Driver do a standup routine that is essentially Sexy Neil Hamburger, but this could just as well be Carax's Entertainment—except it's actually good, inventive and full of vigor even as the narrative interest fades after Cottilard leaps out of the picture (which may be precisely the point). The feeling of anticlimax is worked right into the Sparks songs, being all buildup and no chorus; it's Lovers on the "Bridge" of a musical sort, existing in the contrasting section that occurs between birth and death.

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