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Anna M Review

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In the grips of delirious illusion, Anna, a young, gentle and shy young woman convinces herself that Doctor Zanevsky is fervently in love with her.

★★★★★

It's not often you're forced to admit a newfound respect for Fatal Attraction, but sitting through Michel Spinosa's case study of female madness and obsession will do the trick.

Anna M is a solitary young women whose life is transformed by a love affair with the doctor treating her following a suicide attempt. Except that the liaison is all in her mind, and Anna swiftly makes the transition from pitiful waif to terrifying monster in her attempts to "win him back".

Chapters entitled "Discontent" and "Hatred" only confirm the impression that you're watching the art project of a second-year psychology student, and a ridiculous ending ruins any credibility the film might have had. That credibility was entirely down to one thing: the breathtaking central performance by Isabelle Carre. It's just a shame that such a phenomenal portrayal of mental illness is wasted in so unremarkable a film.

Dodgy chapter titles and a ridiculous ending only confirm the impression that you're watching the art project of a second-year psychology student.