I, Anna
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A must for all who love noirish thrillers, Southcombe's directorial debut features a stellar cast, headed by Charlotte Rampling and Gabriel Byrne. Rampling plays the titular character, who may hold the key to a murder investigation being conducted by Byrne's insomniac detective, as she was at the apartment of the victim on the night of his death. Anna's perspective on the crime makes us doubt the truth of what we see, which makes for a compelling psychological mystery.
Rotten Tomatoes Score: 58%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"The problem is the script, adapted from a novel and full of psychological gaps and dead-ends."
‑ Cath Clarke, Time Out
"Barnaby Southcombe's very promising debut feature stars his mother, Charlotte Rampling, as a lonely woman in late middle age, reaching out for love."
‑ , Independent
"This may be the first film noir to revolve around a lonely granny."
‑ Charlotte O'Sullivan, This is London
"With all that talent involved, this really should've been great."
‑ David Jenkins, Little White Lies
"Slow but absorbing and finely performed."
‑ Henry Fitzherbert, Daily Express
"It's atmospherically photographed by Ben Smithard. But the plot is too thin for the big screen; it may have suited TV more."
‑ Kate Muir, Times [UK]
"Next time out, Southcombe should get someone else to write the screenplay ..."
‑ Philip French, Observer [UK]
"Like the traditional femme fatale, Anna leaves you wanting to know more."
‑ Stella Papamichael, Radio Times
"[A] gloss of edgy noirish elegance cannot disguise the fact that this is yet one more tiresome example of the thriller subgenre that posits that the most interesting thing that a woman can be is out of her mind."
‑ MaryAnn Johanson, Flick Filosopher
"There's some good location work around the Barbican, but the plot's a bit derelict and Rampling's performance gets increasingly loco."
‑ Tim Robey, Daily Telegraph
"Barnaby Southcombe makes a distinguished directorial debut with this stylish and atmospheric film noir."
‑ Cosmo Landesman, Sunday Times (UK)
"Even though this British mystery-drama is rather too creepy for its own good, it gives Rampling yet another superb character to sink her teeth into."
‑ Rich Cline, Contactmusic.com
"To have worked, this story needed a super-professional story-telling genius such as Alfred Hitchcock. Instead, it gets an arty novice who apparently wants to be the new Andrei Tarkovsky."
‑ Christopher Tookey, Daily Mail [UK]
"The drama is played with absolute conviction by Rampling and Byrne, and there is a nice supporting role for Eddie Marsan as Byrne's long-suffering Met colleague, but the story itself is unconvincing."
‑ Peter Bradshaw, Guardian
"Do pass up I, Anna. Poor Charlotte Rampling."
‑ Nigel Andrews, Financial Times
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