On a rainy day in spring, Mary-Jane, a woman of almost 40, falls in love, or rather slides in love with a boy of nearly 15: Julien, a classmate of her daughter. She discovers his passion for video games, especially for the “Kung-Fu Master.” After the two return from an escapade—a trip to an island—everything will be put back in order by families and principals. Mary-Jane will never see Julien again. She suffers from his silence. Did he love her? Was their affair just a game for him?
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