Varda by Agnès Reviews

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January 20, 2020
"Varda by Agnès" provides an essential look inside the creative mind. It's not often that filmmakers reveal themselves so openly while looking back over their careers, and it's a treat when they do.
December 11, 2019
It's a self-portrait, a film history lesson, a remembrance of things past, a perfect coda to her career, a moving scrapbook and a masterclass that now doubles as a memento mori.
December 7, 2019
This is a wonderful movie -- one of my favorites of the year... Even if you haven't seen any of her movies, it's like meeting an old friend.
December 6, 2019
"Varda by Agnès" may be a summing up from one end of a long, beautiful life in art. But it has the lightness, curiosity and spirit of a first film, and that tells us who Varda the artist was too: ever inspired, ever creating, ever eager to share.
December 5, 2019
This final film acts as a perfect button to a legendary life in art, and it's also a launchpad to viewers who want to go back and explore her groundbreaking contributions to the cinema.
December 4, 2019
One of the treats of "Varda by Agnès" is seeing the director in photos and on-set footage over the years, forever self-possessed, always questing.
November 22, 2019
The late documentarian's final work is a literal master class: a filmed lecture during which she rambles enjoyably through her greatest hits.
November 22, 2019
Another testament to the totality of [Varda's] vision.
November 22, 2019
"Varda by Agnès," is a fantastic, multi-layered self-portrait that doubles as a tribute to her life and work.
November 21, 2019
It's a perfect introduction and a lovely valediction.
November 20, 2019
Varda By Agnès is most valuable as a freestanding lesson in filmmaking.
November 18, 2019
The result is a grand, warmhearted testament to her lifetime of creative connections, her art of self-transformation, and her relentless transformation of the art of cinema itself.
September 11, 2019
A master class on filmmaking by the late, great Agnès Varda, by way of a tour of her 64 years behind and in front of the lens, as a leading force of the French New Wave.
September 7, 2019
This is a fascinating, informative, and reflective swan song that gives Varda the final word, and some of the due she's been owed her entire career, as one of the most influential feminist filmmakers.
July 22, 2019
It gets a little less sexy towards the end as she ruminates on her love affair with still photography and the essence of truth in the captured image, but overall this is an essential and heart-warming portrait of a sorely missed talent.
July 17, 2019
Devotees and newbies alike will reap what Varda has sown.
February 19, 2019
As Varda's physical strength diminishes, and she gives us an ending that very much feels like a goodbye, she goes out by handing us an index to her case studies in how to spread creativity into the world.
February 13, 2019
It's a charming and characteristically bittersweet farewell that allows Varda to have the final word on her films.
Top Critic
February 13, 2019
Slight as a Varda film, but shot through with its maker's characteristic pluck and whimsy, "Varda by Agnès" gives her newly recruited fans everything they've come to see.
February 13, 2019
A personal, playful account of a rich creative legacy.
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