The great Agnès Varda’s film career began with this graceful, penetrating study of a marriage on the rocks, set against the backdrop of a small Mediterranean fishing village. Both a stylized depiction of the complicated relationship between a married couple (played by Silvia Monfort and Philippe Noiret) and a documentary-like look at the daily struggles of the locals, Varda’s discursive, gorgeously filmed debut was radical enough to later be considered one of the progenitors of the coming French new wave. —The Criterion Collection
Agnès Varda has been called the “Grandmother of the New Wave,” a well-meaning if curious tribute for a woman who directed her first feature film at the age of 26. Born in Brussels, Varda studied literature and psychology at the Sorbonne, and art history at the École du Louvre. She’d originally wanted to be a museum curator, but a night-school course in photography changed her mind. Rapidly establishing herself as a top-rank still photographer, Varda became the official cameraperson for the Theatre Festival of Avignon and the Theatre National Populaire, and then pursued a career as a photojournalist.
Encouraged by filmmaker Alain Resnais, Varda made her movie directorial bow in 1955 with La Pointe Courte. She based the film on a William Faulkner short story, to which she was attracted because of its parallel plotlines (a recurring device in her later films). That same year, she accompanied another future New Wave director, Chris Marker, to China as visual advisor for his Dimanche… read more
“Ils se marieront. C’est de leur âge de commencer. Nous on a déjà chié la moitié de notre merde.” “Ils parlent trop pour être heureux”
Un filme francés neorrealista. Por un lado, la historia de un pueblo echo escombros y por otro una pareja de enamorados hablando sobre el "amor" que no es nada más que el optimismo y el pesimismo de los pobladoras hacia su propia nación.
A crime--a transaction gone wrong. A trip of solitude--a broken relationship. Neighborhood gossip--a dead child. Varda's first film is a beautiful and honest film of cause and effect. That is not to say that these things directly caused their matching consequence, but they pair up nicely and are interesting to think about. The cinematography pairs seamlessly with the dialogue. Recommended.
La Pointe Courte precludes the fun offered by the leisurely jaunts of the Cahiers du Cinema French New Wave group (Francois Truffaut, sometimes Godard, et al) and imposes the same intellectual… read review
Peculiar and fascinating film basically being a depiction of people at the lower end of Abraham Maslow’s Heirarchy of Needs (the villagers) paralleled with two people, Elle and Louis, concerned with… read review
Surely every director is inspired by something, to have watched at least one film before embarking upon their career. Imagine what could be achieved by those who have not, who have no example to follow… read review