Cast: Adam Driver, Marion Cotillard, Simon Helberg, Devyn McDowell
Annette is certainly one of the strangest movies you’ll see all year. It’s a rock musical composed by the band Sparks and directed by Leos Carax about an opera star (Marion Cotillard) who falls in love with and marries a stand-up comedian (Adam Driver). Driver’s character is named Henry McHenry, and that’s just the start of where things get weird. Eventually this couple has a baby, the eponymous Annette, played by an uncanny puppet. But lest you think Annette is just in it for the shock value, it’s also a brilliant dissection of tropes gleaned from Hollywood, the opera, and tabloids. It takes formulas that are integral to storytelling and filters them through a funhouse mirror.
Annette was released in France on 7 July 2021 by UGC Distribution, a day after premiering as the opening film at the 2021 Cannes Film Festival, where Carax received the Award for Best Director. The film has received positive reviews from critics.