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

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April 25, 2016
Varda, free from fear and shame, turns her tale of a life lived in art into a work of art in its own right, and one of her best-a rapturous tribute to life itself.
November 18, 2011
November 17, 2011
January 28, 2010
As evidenced in The Beaches of Agnès, Varda is too venerable to be hip -- and too wholly alive to be venerated.
December 18, 2009
The Beaches of Agnes is a work of delightful contradictions from a filmmaker who has always played by her own rules.
October 30, 2009
Filmmakers don't usually do documentaries about themselves, but Agnes Varda's The Beaches of Agnes is good enough to start a trend.
October 4, 2009
A puckish, moving and wonderfully eccentric tour through her life.
October 4, 2009
A witty and engaging cine-autobiography.
October 4, 2009
Although you will get more out of this self-portrait if you're a film-lover, it can be enjoyed simply for its touching, eloquent reflections on life in general.
October 4, 2009
It's impossible not to open your heart to this film.
October 1, 2009
Varda recalls her childhood, her adulthood, her politics, and how both her films and her two children were born. She doesn't just show us, she takes us inside of it all, inside of her. It's a reverie.
September 24, 2009
The warm, elfin filmmaker makes a fine companion through this vivid story of a life well lived, reminding us at the end of how we create our own safe havens within our families.
September 11, 2009
Replete with clips and anecdotes, The Beaches of Agnes is a treat to anyone who already cherishes Varda's films and a perfect primer for those who haven't yet discovered her work.
September 3, 2009
A captivating cine-memoir, impressionistic and surrealistic, surveying Varda's formidable career as a still photographer, filmmaker, documentarian, and life force.
August 20, 2009
In this visually witty 2008 memoir she's poring over her own past and its artifacts.
July 24, 2009
Ultimately, her movie is about how her life, anybody's life, is created out of oddments that never quite cohere, and don't need to. The sheer sensuousness of all these bric-a-brac memories is sustaining.
July 24, 2009
An octogenarian French auteur looks back on her life, times and movies in this engagingly jaunty documentary.
July 24, 2009
This is a lovely, quirky and not a little poignant film from Agnès Varda, at 81 the still spry grande dame of the Nouvelle Vague that revolutionized French and world cinema in the late 1950s and early 60s.
July 24, 2009
Intensely personal and universally adaptable, The Beaches of Agnès is at once Varda's gift to posterity, and to a world that that undervalues the small and seemingly insignificant events through which we drift unconsciously, but which leave a mark.
July 22, 2009
The Beaches of Agnès taps a haunting nostalgia, because it invites the art-house 
audience to get wistful for what it once was - that is, for a time when an artist like Varda only had to dream it, and we would come.
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