Known for her time-lapse documentaries that occasionally have been known to span over decades, Helena Třeštíková’s Anny follows the life of the titular, intriguing character for 16 years, from 1996 up until 2012. Living in the Czech Republic, Anny is a 46-year-old woman whose day-to-day life has consisted of several different occupations, from a bathroom attendant and a doorman, to occasional sex work. Her outlook on her jobs is fairly simple, you have to do the work if you want to eat, spoil your grandkids, or buy yourself new clothes.
Like many of Třeštíková’s works, the film focuses on the ordinary life of everyday people, such as her works on heroin addicts in Katka (2010) and Mallory (2015), and René (2008), which followed a career criminal for twenty years. The beauty in the mundane is also present in Anny, as the camera skips the morality and debauchery, and instead shines on Anny herself, who laughs easily, yearns for love, and sings songs at benefit events for sex workers.
Kaisu Tervonen (Translation: Lydia Taylerson)