Les Plages d'Agnès (The Beaches of Agnes) (2008)



Critic Consensus: An enchanting self-portrait by a veteran director, Beach of Agnes is equal parts playful and profound.

Movie Info

Produced and directed by French Left Bank giant Agnès Varda as a summation of her long and enduring career, Agnès' Beaches constitutes a free-floating essay film. It is comprised of various elements that collectively pay homage to Varda's past -- including clips from the director's features, dramatically reconstructed moments from Varda's life, and elaborate, almost baroque monuments created onscreen to symbolize specific ideas and concepts -- such as an opening scene with a number of … More

Rating: Unrated
Genre: Documentary, Musical & Performing Arts, Art House & International
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Written By: Agnès Varda
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On DVD: Feb 22, 2010
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Critic Reviews for Les Plages d'Agnès (The Beaches of Agnes)

All Critics (67) | Top Critics (25)

As evidenced in The Beaches of Agnès, Varda is too venerable to be hip -- and too wholly alive to be venerated.

Full Review… | January 28, 2010
St. Louis Post-Dispatch
Top Critic

The Beaches of Agnes is a work of delightful contradictions from a filmmaker who has always played by her own rules.

Full Review… | December 18, 2009
Dallas Morning News
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Filmmakers don't usually do documentaries about themselves, but Agnes Varda's The Beaches of Agnes is good enough to start a trend.

Full Review… | October 30, 2009
San Francisco Chronicle
Top Critic

A puckish, moving and wonderfully eccentric tour through her life.

Full Review… | October 4, 2009
Time Out
Top Critic

Inventive look at Varda's life, films, photos and art.

Full Review… | January 7, 2011
Classic Film and Television

We should all be so lucky to have the chance to make movies about our own lives when we're much older; and as one of the lucky ones, Varda wastes no opportunity to provide a fun, humble, and shining entry.

Full Review… | April 1, 2010
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Audience Reviews for Les Plages d'Agnès (The Beaches of Agnes)

a touching video scrapbook of varda's life and career, including friends and family and her late husband, director jacques demy, all in her typical free wheeling documentary style. a joy for fans of the left bank pioneers

Stella Dallas

Super Reviewer

Though probably not for everyone...I found this autobiographical documentary to be totally engaging and beautifully pieced together.

Varda is a delightful mixture of eccentric teacher, quirky but loving grandmother and sublime artist with an eye for the abstract, but remarkably down to earth.

All of these characteristics are reflected in this lovingly created homage to her friends, family, life and art. A most see for fans of the French New Wave, the art of Documentry film making or just charming creative people.

Robert C

Super Reviewer

French director Agnes Varda has an endearing, comfortable way of making a film seem like a spontaneous inspiration. It's as if she's shooting in real time and just following whatever tangent occurs to her in the moment. In the case of the autobiographical "The Beaches of Agnes," the story effortlessly skips between flashback recreations, scenes from her past work, present activities (her 80th birthday party is the climax) and surreal set pieces. But how much you enjoy the movie will depend a lot on how interested you already were in her life. She has known a slew of famous artists, and she obviously still grieves her late husband, director Jacques Demy ("The Umbrellas of Cherbourg," "Lola," "Donkey Skin"). She's a whimsical, funky lady with a youthful spirit. But her droll self-tribute is a bit indulgent, and not as academically informative as it could be. Still, you might pick up a few rental ideas. (Are "Les Creatures" and "Lions Love" really as lame as she says?)

Eric Broome
Eric Broome

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