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Leos Carax

Please note that this film contains flashing images that may affect viewers who are susceptible to photosensitive epilepsy.

The following screening will be captioned for d/Deaf and Hard of Hearing film fans: Sun 12 Sept, 15:30

When it opened this year’s Cannes Film Festival, Annette received 15 minutes of rapturous applause. Critical reaction for visionary director Leos (Holy Motors) Carax’s film with story and music by Ron and Russell Mael of Sparks, however, was mixed. A peculiar journey of love, passion and fame showcases the colossal talents of Adam Driver and Marion Cottilard, Annette will divide audiences – is it a dream, metaphor, joke, or the emperor’s new clothes? You decide!  

“prepare to be either exhilarated, confused, dazzled or infuriated, but certainly never bored”

Los Angeles, present day. Henry (Driver) is a controversial stand-up comedian with a fierce sense of humour who falls in love with Ann (Cotillard), a world-renowned opera singer. Under the spotlight, they form a passionate and glamorous couple. Driver and Cottilard make an odd couple, but their onscreen chemistry as Henry and Anne is ferocious. But, unfortunately, the bliss of their early love story is short-lived. Marriage, career swings, and the birth of their first child, Annette, a mysterious little girl with an exceptional destiny, push their relationship into strained terrain, careening them down a dark path that promises devastation. 

It is impossible not to admire the sheer audacity of Annette’s creation – much like the puppet at the heart of this story – the are some substantial ideas and emotions behind the stylish exterior. There is a tension woven throughout the film, which makes it difficult to read the film’s intentions. Is it a cautionary tale of masculinity? About fame? Exploding with colour and visual artistry and those Sparks songs, this is certainly no ordinary cinematic experience. So leave your expectations at the door and prepare to be either exhilarated, confused, dazzled or infuriated, but certainly never bored.   

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