Annette ★★★½

Takes a while to get with the vibe of what Carax is going for, even for a Holy Motors fan like me. There is a roughness evident from the start. You’ve got the killer opening sequence that is almost immediately undercut by the overlong “stand up” routines of Adam Driver’s character, though the way they initially mesh with scenes of Marion Cotillard’s theater performances do wonders in visually and aurally foreshadowing the story that is to come. It’s an uneven first few moments before the rhythm in which Carax employs his musical numbers, and Sparks’ musical score, works its spell and streamlines everything together. Was certain about 45 minutes in that this film would work in parts but be less than the sum of them, but I couldn’t help but feel entranced by the end.

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