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Annette

 (1,033)6.42 h 20 min2021X-RayHDRUHDR
Los Angeles, today. Henry (Adam Driver) is a stand-up comedian with a fierce sense of humor who falls in love with Ann (Marion Cotillard), a world-renowned opera singer. In this original musical, Henry and Ann form a passionate and glamorous couple in the spotlight. The birth of their first child, Annette, a mysterious little girl with an exceptional destiny, will turn their lives upside down.
Directors
Leos Carax
Starring
Adam DriverMarion CotillardSimon Helberg
Genres
Arts, Entertainment, and CultureDrama
Subtitles
English [CC]
Audio languages
EnglishEnglish [Audio Description]

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Supporting actors
Devyn Mc Dowell
Producers
Charles Gillibert, p.g.aPaul-Dominique VacharasinthuAdam Driver
Studio
Amazon Studios
Rating
R (Restricted)
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2.9 out of 5 stars

1033 global ratings

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Dee HallReviewed in the United States on August 20, 2021
1.0 out of 5 stars
Annette
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I watched 15 minutes of what I saw as the dumbest movie I have ever senn.
189 people found this helpful
DouglasReviewed in the United States on August 20, 2021
5.0 out of 5 stars
Many people only understand superhero movies, because it's what they feed themselves.
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It's important to remember this fact. Unless there are shiny lasers and someone with muscles shouting out exposition every two minutes, people are prone to not paying attention and get lost.
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Louis Flint CeciReviewed in the United States on August 20, 2021
1.0 out of 5 stars
A Broken Promise with Few Interesting Pieces
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Sometimes a failure can be interesting in how it fails. Unfortunately, that isn't the case with this movie. An almost through-sung opera in the minimalist style, the three- to four-note melodies fail to mesmerize as they do with Glass ("Satyagraha") or Cage ("Nixon in China"). The simple words and phrases of the libretto do not grow deeper with repetition (exception: "Six Different Women Have Come Forward"), and the grammatical lapse of "You Who Despises Us" is unforgivable - or laughable, take your choice.
There are some mighty performances by Diver and Helberg, but they stand on such flimsy dialog and lyrics that they topple of their own weight. Cotillard may have a lovely singing voice, but it is given no range by the arias/songs, and the operatic fragments that illustrate her character's career are sung by someone else (Catherine Trottman).
The puppet Annette is simultaneously creepy and endearing, as any manifestation of lust and guilt should be. That's something they got right. But when a live actor takes over the part for the final scene, instead of becoming more real and believable (and therefore more horrifying), the character suddenly turns articulate and wise. Instead of the shock of innocence corrupted by her parents' weaknesses, we get a scolding moralist. It sort of spoils the whole "Turn of the Screw" vibe.
There is great cinematography and set design, and the shipwreck sequence reminded me of the Met's production of "The Pearl Fishers." But you more or less had to close your ears to bear watching it, which pretty much sums up the whole film.
140 people found this helpful
ShawnaLanneReviewed in the United States on August 20, 2021
3.0 out of 5 stars
Not for Me
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I did not realize this was a musical. Nor did I realize it was going to be a Greek Tragedy complete with chorus. Maybe if I had known those things I would have enjoyed it more. But it was simply dark and pretentious and annoying to me.
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A positive thinkerReviewed in the United States on August 20, 2021
1.0 out of 5 stars
Seriously?
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Worst movie I've seen ever. A 6-yr old could've written a better script in less than 24hrs. It's appallingly bad. Watched a few mins, fast forwarded several times to see if it would get better but it was worse if that's even possible. I would give it -10 stars if I could.
116 people found this helpful
D. CookeReviewed in the United States on August 20, 2021
4.0 out of 5 stars
Not a standard Hollywood musical, but highly inventive
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I went into this movie understanding that Carax and the Mael Brothers are not sources of standard Hollywood filmic or musical fare. I expected they'd be drawing from European cinematic traditions, though I'd say this piece goes much further, drawing from even older and “higher” forms of European storytelling, such as grand opera and Greek tragedy. The opening and closing songs especially feel most like a Greek Chorus to me.
With that in mind, I hope people will stay open-minded enough to ponder Annette's themes (re: celebrity, art, pop culture, cultural provocateurs, entertainment, exploitation, audience, forgiveness, etc.) with this foundation of tragic narrative, and not expect everything to be tied up neatly with a happy, condescending bow.
This film will not talk down to you. You need to add your own takeaway to the story, which some may not like. I liked it a lot, and am thankful that it didn’t follow standard Hollywood structure, which I’m frankly, tiring of. The audience for this film may not be as large, but it will be very appreciative that it was made. My thanks to all involved.
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EzrismommiReviewed in the United States on August 20, 2021
4.0 out of 5 stars
Music is nice, the story is strange, but give it a go.
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So I like avant-garde films. They are quirky and strange and this one is 100% an avant-garde film. It is not going to appeal to everyone and that is ok. Go into it with an open mind. It has some amazing visuals. The music is great as are the actors. Adam Driver certainly did his research on being a comedian and it shows. He also graces us with one of the best duets at the end of the movie. And can I just say, WOW, Just WOW to the little girl who was chosen to play Annette. She and Driver give you chills at the end of the movie. The puppets used for Annette are amazing too and I felt like they gave a depth to what the director was trying to get across. Like i said, this movie may not be for everyone, and the story tends to get a bit bizarre, but in the end I really liked it.
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ItsPaulReviewed in the United States on August 20, 2021
5.0 out of 5 stars
Dueling Sensibilities Result In Masterpiece!
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This is the best film I've seen in years! It's unique, abrasive, jarring, and stunningly beautiful! An excellent and singular cinematic experience! Bravo to the entire cast and crew!
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