The charmed lives of a celebrity couple are shattered on one tragic night that also sets their only child on an extraordinary path. Visionary filmmaker Leos Carax creates a spellbinding tale of love, passion, obsession and regret in Amazon Studios’ Annette, a musical fable of operatic proportions, with story and music by Ron and Russell Mael of Sparks.
Henry (Adam Driver), a charismatic and audacious stand-up comedian, is a rock star to his sold-out audiences of worshipful fans. World-famous diva Ann (Oscar winner Marion Cotillard) lends her ethereal soprano to classical music’s most iconic roles. Their love affair unleashes a tsunami of attention from the paparazzi and rabid followers eager to witness the enigmatic pair’s undeniably erotic connection, and alienates Ann’s most devoted friend and longtime accompanist, The Conductor (Simon Helberg).
With their union the subject of intense curiosity and constant speculation, Henry and Ann hide away in a perfect, private bubble for themselves and, soon, their beloved daughter Annette, out of sight of the insatiable public. But as Henry’s career begins to falter and Ann’s continues to soar, their privileged life breaks down into a cycle of rage, madness and abuse. As they struggle to right their marriage, an unthinkable accident proves that their love is eternal — for better or worse. Watch the trailer below:
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A dazzling display of cinematic pyrotechnics, Annette combines sizzling romance, richly imagined visuals, remarkable performances and mesmerizing original music by Sparks.
Carax’s English-language feature debut and his first film since the award-winning Holy Motors, Annette was the opening night film of the 2021 Cannes Film Festival.
Annette is directed by Leos Carax (The Lovers on the Bridge, Holy Motors) from a screenplay by Ron Mael (Holy Motors, Kick-Ass) and Russell Mael (Fright Night, Alan Partridge). The film stars Adam Driver (Marriage Story, “Girls”), Marion Cotillard (La Vie En Rose, Rust and Bone) and Simon Helberg (“The Big Bang Theory,” Florence Foster Jenkins). Producers are Charles Gillibert (Mustang, Clouds of Sils Maria) and Paul Dominique Win Vacharasinthu (The Jesus Rolls, Magari). Director of photography is Caroline Champetier (Of Gods and Men, Holy Motors). Production designer is Florian Sanson (Holy Motors, Proxima). Costume designers are Pascaline Chavanne (An Officer and a Spy, Proxima) and Ursula Paredes Choto (The Bourne Identity, An Officer and a Spy). Editor is Nelly Quettier (Happy as Lazzaro, Holy Motors). Puppet aesthetic designers are Estelle Charlier and Romuald Collinet.