The film is a feminist musical. Paris, 1962. Pauline, a rebellious 17-year-old girl, sings in her high school club and wants to drop out. Suzanne, 22, is taking care of her two children and has to face the fact that their father committed suicide. Life is separating them from each other as the ‘60s explode; and each see theirs as a women’s struggle. Pauline, after a love affair in Iran that turns bad, becomes a singer in a woman group touring in the country side. Suzanne gets out of her misery and works in family planning. Ten years later, the two women meet again in a feminist demonstration. At the end of the story, we see them together again with their grown up children.
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
a certified varda masterpiece. this film has it all, the sorrow and sadness of real life, while it also presents the happiness, ecstasy and unpredictable nature of love. furthermore this is a full blown investigation of feminism and she also seems to go so far to parody it in the final act. some perfectly composed performances, and characterisations which are wonderfully judged make this is a magum opus.
i really needed to see this. have been sick in bed in a foreign country - feeling alone and disconnected creatively from the film school environment i moved to prague to be in.... watching this film - in a vulnerable, but receptive state - reminded me of all i need to know - of who i am and what is important to me as an artist and as a woman. i love a lot of Agnès Varda's films, but this is my new favorite. merci! X
The Auteurs—MUBI's center for film curation—is collaborating with Agnès Varda to show the filmmaker's shorts and features online, many of which
To celebrate the Le cinema d’Agnès Varda, the virtual retrospective currently running on The Auteurs, I thought I'd take a look at Varda’s