Adam Driver may be at his quirkiest when you watch Annette online, streaming now on Amazon Prime Video.. The movie has one of the trippiest trailers of all time, that will leave you wondering, "What on earth is this about?!" The film debuted at the 2021 Cannes Film Festival to a standing ovation.
Release date: August 20 (Amazon Prime Video)
Director: Leos Carax
Starring: Adam Driver, Marion Cotillard, Simon Helberg, Devyn McDowell, Angèle
Age rating: R
Run time: 2 hr 20 min
Rotten Tomatoes: 70%
Driver plays a stand-up comedian named Henry McHenry (really) who falls in love with a world-renowned opera singer, Ann (Marion Cotillard). The passionate and glamorous couple soon have a daughter, Annette — portrayed by a wooden marionette puppet (yes, really).
But as Ann travels the world singing, Henry's career begins to suffer and their marriage unravels. After a tragedy, Annette develops a mysterious ability that stuns her father and the world.
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How to watch Annette online in the US and Canada
Annette is streaming now on Amazon Prime Video. (opens in new tab)
It was released Friday, August 20 at 12 a.m. ET. The movie is also available in limited release in theaters.
Annette (opens in new tab) is an Amazon Prime Video exclusive. The streaming service comes with a subscription, but you can check out everything Prime has to offer with a one-month free trial. (opens in new tab) Prime Video's library includes original movies and series, like Sound of Metal, One Night in Miami, The Boys and Fleabag.
How to watch Annette online in the UK
Movie lovers in the UK and Ireland can watch Annette in theaters starting September 3. After some time, it will stream on Mubi (opens in new tab).
The Annette trailer opens with Adam Driver in a bathrobe, taking the stage for his stand-up show. He recounts meeting Ann. "What I see in her is obvious," he says. "What she sees in me? That's a little more puzzling."
The rest of the trailer shows flashes of their passionate relationship, though ominous events seem to await the couple.
The reviews of Annette are mixed, with many movie critics hailing the imagination and verve of the film but others feeling the execution didn't match the premise. Here's a round-up of Annette reviews:
"Annette masters its own paradoxes. It’s a highly cerebral, formally complex film about unbridled emotion. A work of art propelled by a skepticism about where art comes from and why we value it the way we do. A fantastical film that attacks some of our culture’s most cherished fantasies. Utterly unreal and completely truthful." - A.O. Scott, The New York Times (opens in new tab)
"This isn’t a movie for everyone. Even Carax enthusiasts will likely agree that it’s overindulgent, too big for its britches thematically (cool story, bro, but what is it actually about?), and a good 20 minutes too long. But films this original and irreverent are a near-extinct species in the show business ecosystem of 2021." - Dana Stevens, Slate (opens in new tab)
"... Annette is not the movie I was hoping for, nor is it the movie I didn’t know I wanted. A picture that’s gorgeous to look at but too hyper-manicured to be genuinely moving, it hovers somewhere in an indefinable in-between. I keep believing that if I just think about it more, I’ll like it better, but it’s time to give up. Annette is an extravagant-looking and often inventive film, but it’s not a great one." - Stephanie Zacharek, Time (opens in new tab)
"It's an extravagantly emotional rock opera that mixes comedy and tragedy, showbiz satire and doomed romance. It doesn't all work; if you're not on its bizarre wavelength, it may not work for you at all. But moment by moment, its go-for-broke audacity left me feeling grateful that it exists." - Justin Chang, NPR (opens in new tab)
"... Annette is awfully sweaty in its attempts to shock, titillate, and confuse. It’s a lot of nervy construction built around very little substance. Driver and Cotillard are admirably committed, and the film does occasionally soar to giddily surreal, big-burst musical highs. Not near often enough, though." - Richard Lawson, Vanity Fair (opens in new tab)