Amazon Studios releases Annette in select theaters on August 6th, 2021 and on Amazon Prime on August 20th, 2021.
NYC MOVIE GURU: Between Ann's heart, mind and soul, which of those was most challenging for you to sink your teeth into?
Marion Cotillard: Her heart, mind and soul were not that hard for me to get into and understand for me. Her talent, though, as a soprano was the hardest reach for me. I'm not a soprano. I knew that my voice would be mixed with the soprano voice for the operatic parts. But I have to say, I never try to find connections between my life and the character's life. I never felt that I needed to find connections, but there the connection was obvious. We're artists and public persons. I, personally, deal with that need of recognition which I qualify as a pathology. The way that it's explored in Annette was so interesting. When I read the script, I thought, "Okay, let's experience this need of recognition in a different body than mine." I found that throughout my experience as a human being, as an actress and as a person who needs recognition. This journey has brought me a deep understanding of human beings.
NYC MOVIE GURU: I think that Ann has 4 occupations, essentially, that she struggles to balance: a wife, a mother, an opera singer and also a human being. Do you agree with that? Do you think she sees herself as a human being? What do you think her sense of self is?
MC: You're not wrong. You're absolutely right, first of all. I think that in her relationship with Henry, she's going to face her own need for recognition--her own need to be loved, looked at and heard. And she looks like this, but a very sane person and a loving mother. But you're going to discover that when you take out of her her way of expressing herself, it lets out the monster inside of her. That's when she will lose everything that she will let out. You don't really expect her to be this person, but she is.
NYC MOVIE GURU: Annette is filled with poetry on many different levels. Poetry is often a form of protest. Do you agree with that? What do you think Annette is a protest for or against?
MC: I do. I think that poetry is giving something of yourself that is deeply connected to others with your own personality and your own humanity. So, I think being yourself in a world where you are put in boxes to fit the society you're in and being manipulated with fears, I think that being yourself is a form of protest.
NYC MOVIE GURU: Besides the role of Ann, you've played other roles of people who've struggled as well. What do you think is the purpose of struggle in life?
MC: The purpose of struggle is to overcome the darkness we live in because we live in a pretty dark world. I think that humanity's consciousness has a long way before "seeing the light." The more we face darkness, the more we understand things about ourselves. The more we clean ourselves from our lineage's dramas, the more we let the light out. Only struggle will lead you there.