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Faces Places

Rated Parental Guidance (Mature Subject Matter) ~ Runs 90 minutes

Dir.: JR, Agnès Varda, France

Jean-Luc Godard, J.R., JR, Laurent Levesque, Agnès Varda
In French with English subtitles


“Anecdote and history converge wondrously and insightfully in this playful yet painstaking collaboration between the octogenarian director Agnès Varda and the thirtysomething photographer and muralist JR. They visit a diverse batch of small French towns in JR’s van, a sort of mobile photo booth equipped with a poster-size printer, and they create a variety of large-scale public art projects to match their various encounters - exalting the traditions of a former mining town, gathering stories from dock workers’ wives, and celebrating a goat farmer whose traditional methods rise to philosophy. But the movie’s strongest inspirations arise when it becomes personal. JR’s blunt questions spark Varda’s frank confrontations with age, health, and death, as she revisits the sites and subjects of her art work from the nineteen-fifties as well as her own cinematic past - in particular, her longtime connection with the director Jean-Luc Godard, who’s a virtual presence throughout the film.” - Richard Brody, The New Yorker. “Sheer perfection – that's the phrase that springs to mind when describing the humanist miracle that is Faces Places, the year's best and most beguiling documentary... There is a bracing buoyancy to Faces Places that truly is life affirming. JR, a relative beginner in the journey of capturing the world before him, is contrasted with Varda, a filmmaker acutely aware of her own mortality and determined to squeeze every ounce of joy and discovery out of what's still ahead. It's not an art-house curiosity or a pretty-postcard fantasy – it isn't like any movie you've ever seen. Instead, this indescribable, incredible journey presents the world not as Hollywood sees it, but as it really is.” - Peter Travers, Rolling Stone



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November 19