Faces Places

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1hr 29mins // directed by:Agnes Varda, JR // featuring:JR, Agnes Varda // in French with English subtitles

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89-year old Agnes Varda, one of the leading figures of the French New Wave, and acclaimed 33 year-old French photographer and muralist JR teamed up to co-direct this enchanting documentary/road movie.

Kindred spirits, Varda and JR share a lifelong passion for images and how they are created, displayed and shared. Together they travel around the villages of France in JR’s photo truck meeting locals, learning their stories and producing epic-size portraits of them. The photos are prominently displayed on houses, barns, storefronts and trains revealing the humanity in their subjects, and themselves. Faces Places documents these heart-warming encounters as well as the unlikely, tender friendship they formed along the way.

★★★★ "The vibe between the two co-directors is a great source of the pleasure in “Faces Places”; Varda and JR are teacher and pupil, working colleagues, artists, bickering friends. At one point, JR photographs Varda’s wrinkled feet and cloudy eye and plasters the prints on two immense train tanker cars. To an amused but baffled onlooker, Varda explains “The point is the power of imagination. . . . We enjoy it, and we hope you do, too.” Anyone who can’t enjoy this wise and soulful film has to consider whether they’ve given up on the movies, and on life." — Ty Burr, The Boston Globe

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CRITIC'S PICK "At 89, Agnès Varda is an artist with nothing to prove and everything to discover. A small woman with a two-toned pageboy and an open, unsentimental manner, she is an ideal traveling companion: a wise and canny guide, an impetuous risk-taker, a trusted friend. Her recent documentaries, while not exactly confessional, are unabashedly personal, infused with her voice, her eye, her wry and rueful on-camera presence." — A. O. Scott, The New York Times

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