The Beaches Of Agnes (Les plages d’Agnès)
Cert: 18 Year: 2008 Length: 110 mins Language: French
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Score: 70.38% Attendance: 102
First famous in 1955 for La pointe-courte, Agnès Varda’s latest film sees the veteran writer director marking her 80th birthday by looking back over her long and eventful life. The Beaches of Agnès is a captivating ciné-memoir, surrealistic and impressionistic, surveying the godmother of the French New Wave’s formidable career as a still photographer and filmmaker. Beaches have a special emotional resonance for her and here she takes an unconventional approach to revisiting – both literally and figuratively – places in her past.
This touching, subjective film examines her life principally through her relationships with friends, family and creative contemporaries, whilst injecting warmth, skill and playfulness to fully entertain her audience.
César for Best Documentary 2009
A deftly assembled, wry and touching self-portrait of Agnès Varda as both a filmmaker and an endearing, indomitable spirit.
Jon Fortgang, Channel 4 Film
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