Starring: Adam Driver, Marion Cotillard, Simon Helberg, Devyn McDowell
OUR RATING: ★★☆☆☆
Musical drama directed by Leos Carax. Annette (2021) tells the story of stand-up comedian, Henry (Adam Driver), who falls in love with Ann (Marion Cotillard), a world-renowned opera singer. Together, under the spotlight, they form a happy and glamorous couple. However, after the birth of their first child, Annette, a girl with a unique gift, their lives are turned upside down.
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Leos Carax: Ladies and gentlemen, we now ask for your complete attention. If you want to sing, laugh, clap, cry, yawn, boo, or fart, please, do it in your head. Only in your head. You are now kindly requested to keep silent, and to hold your breath until the very end of the show. Breathing will not be tolerated during the show. So, please take a deep, last breath right now. Thank you.
Leos Carax: So, may we start?
Announcer: No one is ever ready for a mildly offensive evening with The Ape of God.
Henry McHenry: Well, of course, I’ve heard the rumors too. They say my show kills. But relax, see my contract? Save your breath. Says so here, “Mr. Henry McHenry is not allowed to make the public laugh to death.” Can’t make your alveoli pop tonight. No dislocated jaws. No belly explosions. However, asthmatics. Keep your inhalers in position!
Henry McHenry: I’ve just met someone. Someone so… It all went so fast. I just moved into her tiny hidden palace, because, yes, she’s a queen. And now, I’m engaged. I know. I know. Marrying a girl when you’re as young and green as me, it’s like swimming the Atlantic with a concrete block tied to your left testicle.
Henry McHenry: First time I fell in love, woke up next to the girl, rushed out to buy myself the biggest motorbike I could find, and escaped fast and far. But Ann the soprano has changed me. I have changed. How? I’m still not sure. Time will tell. What I see in her is obvious. What she sees in me? Mmm. It’s a little more puzzling.
Audience: [singing] Yes, why did you become a comedian? Hey, Henry?!
Henry McHenry: Why? I’ll tell you why. To disarm people. Make them laugh. It’s the only way I know to tell the truth without getting killed.
Ann Defrasnoux: How did the show go?
Henry McHenry: I killed them. Destroyed them. Murdered them.
Ann Defrasnoux: Good boy.
Henry McHenry: And your gig?
Ann Defrasnoux: I saved them.
Henry McHenry: Well, you die so magnificently. Honey, you’re always dying.
Ann, Henry: [singing] We love each other so much. So hard to explain it. So hard to explain. We love each other so much.
Henry McHenry: This is a baby. This is my baby. Tonight, while she’s singing and dying, I’m babysitting.
Six Women Member: [singing] I fear for Ann. She must be warned. McHenry is not, not what he seems.
Henry McHenry: I knew it. I should’ve cancelled the show tonight.
Audience: No, no, no!
Henry McHenry: Yes, yes, yes. You see, my house was broken into last night, and b****rds stole all my jokes.
Henry McHenry: The truth is, now that I have my own soprano, and baby, I’m not sure I have it in me anymore to make sad people laugh.
Henry McHenry: The truth is I’m sick. Being in love makes me sick.
Henry McHenry: So why did I become a comedian?
Audience: You’re not! You’re not! Not anymore!
Henry McHenry: [singing] You used to laugh. But now you sure ain’t laughing at me no more.
Ann Defrasnoux: I have a wonderful gift, and a beautiful child. People adore me, and I adore this man. But something’s wrong.
Henry McHenry: [singing] What goes up, must come down. My star’s in decline. Once profound for a clown. My star’s in decline.
Ann Defrasnoux: [singing to the puppet Annette] I will calm the sea. Baby, don’t fear. I will stop the storm. Sleep, baby, sleep. The world revolves round you, my little innocent. Sleep a perfect sleep. I’m always here. Dream a perfect dream, and never fear.
Henry McHenry: Let’s waltz.
Ann Defrasnoux: But I’ll kill my voice out here. Henry, a storm is rolling in.
Henry McHenry: I’m well aware of that, my dear. Let’s waltz in the storm!
Ann Defrasnoux: Henry, you’re not the man I know!
Ann Defrasnoux: [singing] What has gotten into you? With this storm and this sea I feel scared, look at me. Comfort me, hold me tight. Oh, what a terrible, terrible night.
Ann Defrasnoux: Is nothing sacred to you?!
Henry McHenry: Oh, God knows everything is to you. Always trumpeting values. The sacred values. And then dying. Dying. Dying!
Henry McHenry: [singing] We washed ashore, Annette, on some island, somewhere. Your mother’s gone, Annette. I’ll take care of you.
Henry McHenry: Now, I can hear the stars laughing at me. In the morning I’ll be free of all these hallucinations.
Ann Defrasnoux: [singing] I will haunt you, Henry. For the rest of your life. Through Annette, I’ll haunt you. Her voice will be my ghost. I am no longer love. I am now revenge.
Ann Defrasnoux: [singing] I will haunt you, Henry. I’ll die day after day after day. I will haunt you, Henry. Night after night after night.
Henry McHenry: [singing] Sure, I’ve sinned in all your eyes. But one thing you cannot deny is I’m a good father.