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I, Anna (2012)

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A noir thriller told from the point of view of a femme fatale, who falls for the detective in charge of a murder case.

Director:

Barnaby Southcombe

Writers:

Elsa Lewin (based on the novel by), Barnaby Southcombe
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Charlotte Rampling ... Anna Welles
Gabriel Byrne ... D.C.I. Bernie Reid
Eddie Marsan ... D.I. Kevin Franks
Jodhi May ... Janet Stone
Ralph Brown ... George Stone
Max Deacon ... Stevie
Honor Blackman ... Joan
Hayley Atwell ... Emmy
Caroline Catz ... Louise
Bryan Dick ... D.C. Hicock
Nav Sidhu Nav Sidhu ... D.C. Brooks
Ashley Taylor-Rhys Ashley Taylor-Rhys ... P.C. Childs
Roger Alborough Roger Alborough ... Security Guard
Jumayn Hunter ... Adz
Perry Benson Perry Benson ... Morris
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A noir thriller told from the point of view of a femme fatale, who falls for the detective in charge of a murder case.

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The Darkest Secrets Are the Ones We Hide From Ourselves

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Drama | Thriller

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UK | France | Germany

Language:

English

Release Date:

7 December 2012 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

Aš, Ana See more »

Filming Locations:

Hamburg, Germany See more »

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Dolby Digital

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Color

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2.35 : 1
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Gemma Arterton auditioned for the role of Emmy. See more »

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Version of Solo for Clarinet (1998) See more »

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Cry a Tear for the Man in the Moon
Written and performed by Richard Hawley
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A riddle, wrapped in a mystery, inside an enigma
5 March 2014 | by tomsviewSee all my reviews

Any film starring Charlotte Rampling is worth watching just for her presence alone - even after nearly fifty years in the movies, she still adds an enigmatic quality that's hard to define.

She is very much centre stage in "I, Anna". Not so surprising really, it was directed by her son, Barnaby Southcombe, who, it must be said, directed his mum in some pretty challenging scenes.

The story is complex and hard to follow. Although it does make more sense by the end, it isn't by much. It is also a film that may have visited the "is it real or is it just imagined" plot one time too many.

The story has a number of strands that eventually wind together. Anna Welles (Charlotte Rampling) is searching for a relationship through a speed-dating club run by Louise (Caroline Catz). She lives with her daughter, Emmy (Hayley Atwell) and baby grand daughter - or does she?

Gabriel Byrne as policeman, DCI Bernie Reid, is investigating the murder of a middle-aged man in a high-rise apartment. During the course of his investigation, he meets Anna in the apartment building, but later, she doesn't remember the occasion at all. Reid follows Anna and joins the dating club to make contact with her.

The film also involves a young guy who shared the unit with the murdered man. However, without giving too much of the plot away, I feel that Anna and DCI Reid's motivations remain unclear even at the end. Is she a femme fatale or just delusional? Is he captivated by her or using an unorthodox method to solve the murder case? The film is just too obscure all the way through - like a sketch that needed a lot more colour and brushwork to finish it off.

A movie such as "I, Anna" must also compete with first class, movie-length television series such as "Vera", "Lewis" and "Wallander" to name a few, which have complicated, well thought out plots and brilliant characterisations - the competition is hefty, and I don't think "I, Anna", after a promising start, really ups the ante all that much.

Despite the presence of the perennially enigmatic Charlotte Rampling, the story is just too thin, and has a denouement that we've seen before in other movies.


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