Annette review – Leos Carax’s bonkers but beautiful musical fantasy

Adam Driver and Marion Cotillard are all but upstaged by their puppet child in this tragicomic pop operaCarlo Collodi’s 19th-century tale The Adventures of Pinocchio has cast a long shadow over cinema, inspiring everything from a 1911 Italian live-action silent to Matteo Garrone’s 2019 Pinocchio, via such diverse fare as Disney’s 1940 animation and Spielberg’s futuristic 2001 sci-fi AI: Artificial Intelligence.

A Guillermo del Toro stop-motion adaptation is also forthcoming.

In the meantime we have this tragicomic musical fantasy from Cannes best director winner Leos Carax and American pop maestros Sparks, in which a starry cast is augmented – and arguably upstaged – by a puppet in the title role.With a rise-and-fall nod towards A Star Is Born, Annette follows the operatic misfortunes of dyspeptic comedian Henry McHenry (Adam Driver) and beloved soprano Ann Defrasnoux (Marion Cotillard), a couple whose celebrity marriage provokes a media frenzy.

Henry (whose Ape of

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