FILM: VARDA BY AGNÈS

2019 / documentary / 1hr 55min / directed by Agnès Varda, Didier Rouget / country: France / language: French | English / subtitles: English

“Agnès Varda’s charming and approachable film is a semi-dramatised lantern lecture, an autobiographical, auto-critical work using footage of her speaking at various events, with clips and playfully dramatised reconstructions and superimpositions looking back over the director’s remarkable life and career.Maybe it is her final film, but I don’t think so. Her energy seems undimmed, yet quite controlled and at ease, channelled into a tone of calm and beguiling wisdom: witty, equable, gentle. She is not grandmotherly, but godmotherly, granting wishes and making the business of film-making seem as magically straightforward as writing words on a page.” -Peter Bradshaw, The Guardian

“Varda died in March, but her final documentary, Varda by Agnès, now in theaters, makes her substantial body of work feel as vital as ever. Structured as a series of charmingly named “chats” with student audiences, interspersed with clips from her films, Varda’s documentary makes it plain how deeply future generations of directors will be indebted to her work.” -Emma Specter, Vogue

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