Annette ★★★★

I'm just totally on Carax's wavelength with this one. I could easily see this being one of those "I appreciated what it was doing, but I didn't really enjoy it" experiences for a lot of people, but it luckily checks both boxes for me. In the moment, it's intoxicating and invigorating in a way that you rarely see from modern cinema, but in retrospect, it's even more incredible for how miraculously Carax balances the tonal shifts and surreal elements within a more straightforward narrative and genre, and sustains the momentum for 2+ hours without it being exhausting or mind-numbing! Baffling, hilarious, and genuinely astonishing at times, Annette is easily the most singular film I've seen this year thus far.

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