The Beaches of Agnès

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

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In this autobiographical documentary, celebrated French filmmaker Agnes Varda provides a window into her eventful life as she revisits various locales that have been important to her. Interspersed between these trips are interviews with Varda's collaborators and family members, as well as archive footage and still photographs. This eclectic mix provides both a history of the subject and an illuminating tour of an artist's mind and creative process.

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Agnès Varda
Agnès Varda
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Agnès Varda
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Agnès Varda
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Joanna Bruzdowicz
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Stéphane Vilar
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  • Mar 31, 2019
    Rarely have I seen an artist talk so candidly and playfully about her history, career and inspirations like Agnes Varda does in this wonderful combination of intimate memoir and self-analysis that celebrates life and (her) memories with a lot of humor and nostalgia.
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  • Sep 16, 2011
    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 B Super Reviewer
  • Apr 20, 2010
    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
  • Jan 02, 2010
    A very compelling story about Agnes Varda without the extra bits. The director makes good use of Agnes in the beaches to bring out the story of a woman who you would love to spend tea with every Sunday talking about French cinema.
    John B Super Reviewer

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