Film team from Annette face the cameras before last night’s world premiere at the Cannes Film Festival (from left) Adam Driver, director Leos Carax and star Marion Cotillard Photo: Courtesy of Cannes Film Festival
Jodie Foster received her honorary Palme d’Or from Spanish icon Pedro Almodovar; jury president Spike Lee (pretty cool in pink) and A-listers from Helen Mirren, Jessica Chastain and jury member Maggie Gyllenhaal all posed to perfection before heading in to the Palais des Festivals’ Lumière Theatre for a emotion-charged evening.
Jury President Spike Lee looking pretty cool in pink at last night’s Cannes Film Festival red carpet premiere, flanked by jury member Mélanie Laurent Photo: Courtesy of Cannes Film Festival
The Daily Telegraph’s Robbie Collin awarded it five stars, suggesting that “Carax has an unparalleled knack for constructing scenes that feel like vividly remembered dreams … both Cotillard and Driver are fearlessly committed … At long last, cinema Cannes-style is back”.
Screen’s Jonathan Romney was less enthused, claiming it to be “an audacious folly that comes across as grandiose and joyless”. Even the performances fail to impress him: "As for the leads, Cotillard exudes a fragile, dreamy nervousness, and bursts of erotic rapture, in a disappointingly underdeveloped role, while Driver’s usual charm and warmth disappear in a character who’s too one-dimensionally a tortured soul …”
Juror Maggie Gyllenhaal arrives for the red carpet premiere of Annette Photo: Courtesy of Cannes Film Festival
The BBC’s Nicholas Barber summed up the divided views: “A musical cum celebrity satire … variously embarrassing and delightful … An embarrassing folly that is almost impossible to sit through. It's also a daring, unique passion project that has you gasping with delight. I tipped back and forth between these two assessments so often during the 140 minutes of Annette that I gave myself a dose of seasickness".
The film is in French cinemas now and will be released in the UK on 3 September.