Newest Reviews
Green Knight, The
Beasts of No Nation
One of Our Aircraft is Missing
Picture Stories
Another Round
Tape, The
Man Who Sold His Skin, The
No Man of God
Oliver Sacks: His Own Life
Scenes with Beans
Quiet Place Part II, A
Prisoners of the Ghostland
Duel to the Death
Dona Flor and Her Two Husbands
Yakuza Princess
Djinn, The
New Order
Original Cast Album: Company
Martyrs Lane
Paper Tigers, The
Conjuring: The Devil Made Me Do It, The
ParaPod: A Very British Ghost Hunt, The
Collini Case, The
Hitman's Wife's Bodyguard
Snake Girl and the Silver-Haired Witch, The
Plan A
When I'm a Moth
Tigers Are Not Afraid
Misha and the Wolves
Newest Articles
On the Right Track: Best of British Transport Films Vol. 2
The Guns of Nutty Joan: Johnny Guitar on Blu-ray
Intercourse Between Two Worlds: Twin Peaks Fire Walk with Me/The Missing Pieces on Blu-ray
Enjoy the Silents: Early Universal Vol. 1 on Blu-ray
Masterful: The Servant on Blu-ray
70s Sitcom Dads: Bless This House and Father Dear Father on Blu-ray
Going Under: Deep Cover on Blu-ray
Child's Play: Children's Film Foundation Bumper Box Vol. 3 on DVD
Poetry and Motion: Great Noises That Fill the Air on DVD
Too Much to Bear: Prophecy on Blu-ray
Truth Kills: Blow Out on Blu-ray
A Monument to All the Bullshit in the World: 1970s Disaster Movies
Take Care with Peanuts: Interview with Melissa Menta (SVP of Marketing)
Silent is Golden: Futtocks End... and Other Short Stories on Blu-ray
Winner on Losers: West 11 on Blu-ray
Freewheelin' - Bob Dylan: Odds and Ends on Digital
Never Sleep: The Night of the Hunter on Blu-ray
Sherlock vs Ripper: Murder by Decree on Blu-ray
That Ol' Black Magic: Encounter of the Spooky Kind on Blu-ray
She's Evil! She's Brilliant! Basic Instinct on Blu-ray
Hong Kong Dreamin': World of Wong Kar Wai on Blu-ray
Buckle Your Swash: The Devil-Ship Pirates on Blu-ray
Way of the Exploding Fist: One Armed Boxer on Blu-ray
A Lot of Growing Up to Do: Fast Times at Ridgemont High on Blu-ray
Oh My Godard: Masculin Feminin on Blu-ray
  Anna M. Can't Get You Out Of My Head
Year: 2007
Director: Michel Spinosa
Stars: Isabelle Carré, Gilbert Melki, Anne Consigny, Geneviève Mnich, Gaëlle Bona, Pascal Bongard, Julie Brochen, Catherine Epars, Samir Guesmi, François Loriquet, Geordy Monfils, Francis Renaud, Eric Savin, Delphine Zingg
Genre: Drama, ThrillerBuy from Amazon
Rating:  7 (from 1 vote)
Review: If there's one thing that Anna M. (Isabelle Carré) is, that's lonely. She has a job as a vintage book restorer at a Paris library, and works long hours because she has nothing to go back to her apartment for except her mother (Geneviève Mnich) and her dog. Anna has no social life and only one acquaintance, Éléonore (Gaëlle Bona), from the library who she can talk to, albeit in a limited fashion. So one night, she goes out to walk the dog and throws herself in front of a car in a suicide attempt; she survives, but it's a life-changing event. This is because of the doctor, Zanevsky (Gilbert Melki), who treats her - and becomes her obsession.

A sad tale of one unstable woman's fixation on a man who cannot understand why she has chosen him, Anna M. was scripted by the director Michel Spinosa who apparently looked to Roman Polanski's Repulsion as a jumping off point. Anna actually leaves her home, however, all the better to stalk Dr Zanevsky. Why? you might be wondering. The only reason appears to be that he is the sole male who has ever showed her any kindness, and the fact that he did so was because of no other motivation than it being his job makes Anna all the more pathetic.

In a tour de force, Carré dominates practically every scene as her character's mental state hits the downward spiral into full-blown madness. All the same, Anna is deeply exasperating because you know that while she won't snap out of an all-consuming obsession just like that, you can see the terrible situation she is getting herself into, powerless to help herself or let anyone else help her. She begins by following Dr Zanevsky around, then graduates to telephoning him at all hours, sending him presents and letters proclaiming her love and so on.

The doctor is embarrassed by this attention at first, then grows steadily more disturbed as does his wife (Anne Consigny). Everything he does, whether he realises it or not, has personal significance to Anna as she reads the most innocent gestures and behaviour as part of his message to her: at no point does she consider this relationship is totally one-sided. Here's where the story gets hard to believe as although Dr Zanevsky goes to the police with his worries, he gets nowhere, whereas in real life they would have been down on her like a ton of bricks and Anna would be frogmarched to the nearest mental hospital forthwith.

That does occur eventually, but not before she has done herself and others a lot of damage. Spinosa has arranged his film like a case study, with captions inserted between the acts describing the terms for the state of mind Anna is in, and it's true that with its muted colours and matter of fact presentation the narrative is short on real thrills. Not a Fatal Attraction style of shocker, then, although it's not above using horror movie conventions to disturb the viewer as the lead character's psychosis overtakes her, but it is compelling. That may be because you are wondering what outrageous (and at times, difficult to swallow) depths Anna will plumb next in her quest to matter to the doctor, and with her constantly believing he is sending coded messages to her the ending looks set to be a bleak one, though Spinosa is generous enough to offer her some peace of mind. We can only hope it lasts this time.
Reviewer: Graeme Clark


This review has been viewed 3736 time(s).

As a member you could Rate this film

Review Comments (0)

Untitled 1

Forgotten your details? Enter email address in Username box and click Reminder. Your details will be emailed to you.

Latest Poll
Which star probably has psychic powers?
Laurence Fishburne
Nicolas Cage
Anya Taylor-Joy
Patrick Stewart
Sissy Spacek
Michelle Yeoh
Aubrey Plaza
Tom Cruise
Beatrice Dalle
Michael Ironside

Recent Visitors
Graeme Clark
Darren Jones
Jason Cook
Enoch Sneed
Andrew Pragasam
  Desbris M
  Paul Tuersley
  Chris Garbutt


Last Updated: