Annette ★★★½

The Sparks and Carax possess a unique ability to blur both the line that separates the banal from the profound and the one that distinguishes the ridiculous from the tragic, allowing for a wholly original reflection on the contradictory impulses that enliven artistic creation. He, a comedian who exudes contempt and rage; she, an operatic soprano, all beauty and elegance. He, wants to destroy his audience; she, stages her death every night to "save" hers. Romantic but not maudlin, ironic but not cynical, kitsch, but full of provocative cinematic pleasures. It keeps one eye on the moon, but the other on the abyss. It demands to be experienced, if for no reason other than to join the inevitably divisive conversation.

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