Since it opened the Cannes Film Festival in July, presumably by now you’ve heard all about “Annette,” the avante garde rock opera musical by the great Leos Carax (“Holy Motors“) featuring the music of the avante-pop band Sparks (featured in Edgar Wright‘s recent documentary “The Sparks Brothers“) and featuring Adam Driver and Marion Cotillard.
Reception at Cannes was a bit muted and or all over the place, from puzzled faces to raves. Our critic gave “Annette” a positive review and but noted, it’s even weird and bizarre for fans of Sparks and Carax, “It’s an odd film and a fascinating one—narratively simplistic, artistically complex—at times ravishing and then puzzling, much like the enigmatic films of Carax and the idiosyncratic music of Sparks.”
The movie also features Simon Helberg, Devyn McDowel and it’s basically a big romantic tragedy about fame, love and exploitation. Here’s the official synopsis:
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. Under the spotlight, they form a passionate and glamorous couple. With the birth of their first child, Annette, a mysterious little girl with an exceptional destiny, their lives are turned upside down. A film by visionary director Leos Carax (Holy Motors), with story & music by Ron & Russell Mael of Sparks, this original musical is a journey of love, passion & fame.
While “Annette” did not take the Palme d’Or prize, the best director award did go to Leos Carax for creating this strange, singular vision and that’s certainly a testament to the unique thing he crafts with this movie. Amazon Studios will release “Annette” in theaters on August 6th, 2021 On Prime Video August 20th, 2021. Watch the final trailer below.