Annette

Annette

Fervent, Gaudy and self indulgent, Annette inspired feelings of enthusiasm and exasperation in almost equal measure throughout its runtime. The meta opening might go down as one of the best moments I’ve ever had in a theater. However, the story becomes increasingly unbounded.  Throughout its runtime, the audience is treated to a puppet baby, criminal acts, and a musical number reminiscent of Me Too. Most of the time, I saw the vision. Leos Carax seemed to play up the artifice of the film to represent Hollywood’s obsession with the image. However, it feels as if the story sometimes gets lost in it all. At the same time, Sparks indelible  music, Carax’s undeniable virtuosity, and the brilliant performances of Driver and Cotillard contribute to a film experience with few equals.

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