This classic documentary from Agnès Varda is an intimate portrait of the small shops and shopkeepers of the Rue Daguerre in Paris, a picturesque street that has been the filmmaker’s home for more than 50 years.
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Varda's portrait of the people on her street in a working-class neighborhood meets all my expectations for what a good documentary should be. We see working people in their real environments, standing up, working, moving around-and never do we see anyone sitting in a chair talking! I don't know who invented that format of filming people sitting in chairs talking,but those film makers can learn from people like Varda!
After watching this wonderful documentary I felt like I'd travelled back in time and spent the last couple of days at the shops portrayed in the film. It is a very skillfully constructed movie about everyday life. It never gets boring, you feel sympathy for all the persons, and when in the end they start talking about their dreams, it's the perfect ending balancing anew everything that has been shown before.
A lovely slice of life documentary detailing the lives of the people of Rue Daguerre, Agnes Varda's Parisian neighborhood. Varda lovingly details each shopkeeper's lives, how the met, how they came to be there, their hopes and their dreams, paying homage to the people who make her life what it is. It's a quaint and charming portrait of everyday life made deeply personal and even moving.
The sympathetic and sensitive portrait of a neighbourhood which is extinct today, a movie about hopes and dreams of the people next door. Agnes Varda's gaze through the camera on all these people is sometimes curious, sometimes tender, but always respectful.
I think everyone understood during the 1970s that time as we knew it was coming to an end. It was the collapse of an era; an end of an epoch. The films and documentaries from this period come across as raw and straight-forward. They offer a poignant window into a world before ATMs, satellite communications, HIV, and laptop computers. Varda is a genius at letting life's story just unfold.