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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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The film's star (Charlotte Rampling) and its director (Barnaby Soutcombe) are real life mother and son. See more »

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Version of Solo for Clarinet (1998) See more »

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Precious Sight
Written and performed by Richard Hawley
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Where we learn why singles bars are not for the squeamish.
26 July 2015 | by RJBurke1942See all my reviews

Passably interesting drama concerning a woman, Anna (Charlotte Rampling), attempting to find another partner - she frequents singles gatherings - and a detective, Bernie (Gabriel Byrne), coming off a marriage separation, who pass each other at a ground-floor, elevator door of an apartment building in which a man has been battered to death overnight in one of the lodgings.

Bernie finds an umbrella, in the elevator, which Anna forgot about as she walked away. Instead of returning the item, Bernie, later on, traces her car license, establishes her address and sets about meeting her again - at one of those singles gatherings. All this while he's investigating - actually, getting his number two, Kevin (the always-terrific Eddie Marsan), to carry the load - said gruesome murder. A sub-plot about a teenager needing money to pay back dealers muddies the waters, so to speak, implicating him as a suspect in the murder of the man - who happens to be his father; and who is, incidentally, a most unpleasant character.

As the main plot unfolds, we see - in flashback - what Anna did at her previous singles thingy, the night before; which also begins to suggest she might be involved with the murder. But, how? Well, that's what Bernie frantically tries to find out. And which I'll leave you to enjoy at your leisure. The denouement, however, will give you pause to think about just how well you know - or ever can know - another person.

Rampling always performs well in heavy dramas; in this, she does better than other roles she's had. Byrne, over the years, just seems to get parts that meld perfectly with his laid back - some might call it lazy - style of acting. Indeed, Bernie appears to be almost sleep-walking much of the time. The stand-out, though, in this offering is Eddie Marsan who, unfortunately, is not used enough; always a pleasure to watch his performance. The rest of the cast is uniformly good.

As for the movie's director of this well-constructed movie, it's more than interesting to note that Barnaby Southcombe is actually Rampling's son. Nothing like keeping things in the family, I guess....

If ten is top prize, this gets five.

July 26, 2015.


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