I, Anna

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I, Anna
This London-set noir is supposed to fray your nerves, but more likely it’s your patience that’ll be in shreds by the end. Starting with that too-tricksy title, ‘I, Anna’ is all murky, through-a-glass-darkly stylishness. But it’s as deep as a puddle – pouring down the drain the first-class acting talents of Charlotte Rampling, Gabriel Byrne and Eddie Marsan. Rampling is Anna, a still jaw-droppingly beautiful woman in her fifties who goes home with a man she meets at a swanky singles night. Next morning, she leaves with a broken wrist and gaps in her memory. The film’s director, Barnaby Southcombe, is Rampling’s son, and Freud would have a field day with the trauma he inflicts on her in that apartment (it’s much too posh to be called a flat). Byrne and Marsan are the detectives called in to investigate. The problem is the script, adapted from a novel and full of psychological gaps and dead-ends. There’s a twist that explains why Anna is in such a walking daze – but it leaves Rampling looking a bit missing in action for much of the film. Still, the capital looks stunning. This is London with a 6 o’clock shadow, lit like an Edward Hopper painting.

By: Cath Clarke


Release details

Rated: 15
Release date: Friday December 7 2012
Duration: 91 mins

Cast and crew

Director: Barnaby Southcombe
Screenwriter: Barnaby Southcombe
Cast: Charlotte Rampling
Gabriel Byrne
Hayley Atwell
Eddie Marsan
Honor Blackman

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Peter Ludbrook

Disappointing. It didn't work either as a love story or as a noir thriler. Notwithstanding a good cast it didn't spring to life. It's fractured structure was clumsily handled and the script was poor. Why is it that so many directors today think that they are scriptwriters as well? They're simply not up to it.


My other half wanted to see this after seeing the trailer. Jeez, were we disappointed. Straight to tv, in fact should have been made for tv. Puzzling and who really cared for the protagonists, we certainly didn't. Rubbish British cinema at its worst.