Varda by Agnès

The last film Agnès Varda made was fittingly another autobiographic look back at her career (in the vein of The Beaches of Agnès (2008)) and what drove her as an artist, identifying three themes that she’s always relied on – inspiration, creation and sharing. At the core of this film is a compelling lecture that Varda held on several occasions where she discusses her career (complete with clips from her movies) and life. What we see is a 90-year old person in complete control and fans of this ”mother of the French New Wave” will be in awe of her sympathetic, intelligent presence. As a movie, this documentary doesn’t really have anything new to offer, especially since it relies so heavily on familiar archive footage.

2019-France. 115 min. Color-B/W. Produced by Rosalie Varda. Written and directed by Agnès Varda.

Trivia: Original title: Varda par Agnès. Also shown as a two-part TV series. 

 

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