Leos Carax’s much-anticipated follow-up to 2012’s brilliantly uncategorizable Holy Motors is another staggeringly ambitious, unpredictable cinematic experience from the visionary director. A years-spanning musical melodrama drenched in greens and yellows, scored by oddball art-pop duo Sparks and based on their original story, Annette marks the French director’s first English-language film, which revolves around a celebrity couple in present-day Los Angeles.
Henry (Adam Driver), a towering stand-up comedian, and Ann (Marion Cotillard), a world-famous singer, are living life happily in the spotlight until their world is upended after the birth of their first child, Annette, a mysterious little girl with a peculiar talent. Carax imbues his sixth feature with grandiose compositions, an exhilarating sense of movement, and a turbulent emotional register—alternately moody, beguiling, effusive, and hilarious—all the while toying with established genres in the most thrilling ways imaginable.
DIRECTOR: Leos Carax
SCREENWRITERS: Ron & Russell Mael (Sparks)
CAST: Adam Driver, Marion Cotillard, Simon Helberg
“Is the movie a farce, a metaphor, a noir meditation on fame? But like so many of the best and strangest moments that festivals like this bring, it’s nearly impossible to witness it all and not walk away feeling altered in some way.”