Tag Archives: Agnès Varda
Jane B. par Agnès V. / Jane B. for Agnes V. (1988) Agnès Varda, Jane Birkin, Jean-Pierre Léaud, Philippe Léotard, Biography, Fantasy
Les glaneurs et la glaneuse / The Gleaners and I (2000) François Wertheimer, Agnès Varda, Bodan Litnanski, Documentary
Jacquot de Nantes (1991) Agnès Varda, Philippe Maron, Edouard Joubeaud, Laurent Monnier, Biography, Drama
Kung-fu master! / Le petit amour (1988) Agnès Varda, Jane Birkin, Mathieu Demy, Charlotte Gainsbourg, Drama, Romance
Mary-Jane asks, “Do all women fall in love with a boy, or just those without sons?” She’s divorced with two daughters, Lucy and Loulou. Lucy has a party where Mary-Jane notices Julien, 14, small and brassy, but she sees a sensitive side. She contrives to spend time with him and lets him know she’s available to him. He’s on the cusp between child and man, alternating between playing a video game, Kung Fu Master, where he tries to rescue Sylvie, and joining friends in bluff talk about sexual exploits. As Lucy realizes what is happening, she’s repulsed, but Mary-Jane, encouraged by her own mother, carries on. Is it love or jealousy of lost youth? Is there any way this can end well?
There are two parts to this film: sequences of life in the fishing village of La Pointe Courte (a government inspector’s visit, the death of a child) alternate with others following a couple – He is from La Pointe Courte, she is Parisian – coming to terms with their changing relationship.
Les plages d’Agnès / The Beaches of Agnès (2008) Agnès Varda, André Lubrano, Blaise Fournier, Documentary, Biography
At nearly 80, Agnès Varda explores her memory – growing up in Belgium, living in Sète, Paris, and Noirmoutier, discovering photography, making a film, being part of the New Wave, raising children with Jacques Demy, losing him, and growing old. She explores her memory using photographs, film clips, home movies, contemporary interviews, and set pieces she designs to capture a feeling, a time, or a frame. Shining through each scene are her impish charm, inventiveness, and natural empathy. How do people grow old, how does loss stay with them, can they remain creative, and what do they remember? Memory, she says, is like a swarm of confused flies. She envisions hers for us.