Keswick Film Club - Annette

You are viewing the old version of our website.

Please visit our current website for all the latest information.

Sunday 5th December 5:00 PM


Director: Leos Carax Country: France, Germany, USA
Cert: 15 Year: 2021 Length: 141 mins Language: English

Programme Notes

Cinema Handout (PDF 219KB)

Audience Reaction

Score: 35.71% Attendance: 52



  • More details on this film at the Internet Movie Database


"A bonkers and totally brilliant musical laced in sardonic humour" – Charlotte O'Sullivan, Evening Standard.

"Adam Driver is monstrously good in Leos Carax's gorgeous musical" – Tara Brady, Irish Times.

This film will split our audience; will you love or hate it? "Working from a libretto by the cult band Sparks, cult director Leos Carax's English-language debut is unlikely to please mayonnaise mainstream tastes. But for those seeking surprises, spectacle, and shadows, Annette is a marvel like no other" – Tara Brady again - so it sounds ideal for our Film Club!

A musical, then, with music (and story) by Sparks, where Annette is played by... a puppet. Adam Driver is Henry, an extrovert stand-up comedian who falls in love with Ann, an Opera singer (Marian Cotillard). Their baby, Annette, threatens to bring about the end of his career, but has special powers of her own which Henry is happy to exploit to get his career back... are you still with me?!

"Yes, Annette is an extravagantly ridiculous affair, a pop opera (like Ken Russell's 'Tommy', with a touch of Julien Temple's 'The Great Rock'n'Roll Swindle'), shot through with the wry humour that has always characterised the Mael brothers' music. Yet at the heart of its swirling strangeness lies something of real truth and beauty that left me unexpectedly crying at the sight of a marionette levitating above a vast crowd, operatically warbling her fairy-tale lament" – Mark Kermode, Guardian.

A cracker... or not? Well Leos Carax won Best Director at Cannes for it; come along and see what you think!


open_quote It's bonkers and totally brilliant. close_quote Charlotte O'sullivan, London Evening Standard

open_quote The most original film of 2021, Annette is a ride like no other, a spellbinding waltz in a storm. close_quote Ian Freer, Empire Magazine



comments powered by Disqus

Find A Film

Search over 1325 films in the Keswick Film Club archive.

Film Festival

Festival Logo

27 Feb - 1 Mar 2020


KFC is friends with Caldbeck Area Film Society and Brampton Film Club and members share benefits across all organisations


Keswick Film Club won the Best New Film Society at the British Federation Of Film Societies awards in 2000.

Since then, the club has won Film Society Of The Year and awards for Best Programme four times and Best Website twice.

We have also received numerous Distinctions and Commendations in categories including marketing, programming and website.

Talking Pictures Talking Pictures The KFC Newsletter
Links Explore the internet with Keswick Film Club
Find Us On Facebook