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Annette. 2021. France. Directed by Leos Carax. Directed by Leos Carax. Screenplay by Ron Mael, Russell Mael. With Adam Driver, Marion Cotillard, Simon Helberg. 141 min.
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The first feature in nine years from the elusive French filmmaker Leos Carax, Annette is a close collaboration with the brothers Ron Mael and Russell Mael of the pop duo Sparks, who provided the original story and a suite of a dozen songs. A passionate love story between two intensely private but public-facing performers—an acerbic stand-up comedian (Adam Driver) and a spellbinding opera singer (Marion Cotillard)—takes place in a stylized, nocturnal netherworld, rendered in voluptuous blacks by cinematographer Caroline Champetier. But as always in Carax’s work, love proves to be a fatal disease and the couple comes apart, leaving behind a living(?) embodiment of their pain and loss in the form of a little girl portrayed by a puppet. Annette remains emotionally vivid even as Carax pursues his vision to the outer limits of fantasy.
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