The diary of a pregnant woman in a neighborhood called la Mouffe (on rue Mouffetard in Paris). The market, the bums, the drunks…Images where you can perhaps guess that the one behind the camera feels tenderness for the inhabitants.
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The correct title is really "L'opera-Mouffe". I don't know why there is an English title as it was never released in English. When Agnes Varda presented it in person in USA 2 years ago, she showed a print in French with no subs, but no subs are required to enjoy this "street study", a precursor to "Daguerreotypes": https://vimeo.com/108840035
La séquence des amoureux est un chef d'oeuvre absolu: si tendre, doux et beau: leurs corps nus, le travelling qui part de ses anches à elle et s'arrête à son sourire à lui; la façon dont elle caresse ses pieds; la façon dont sa main touche sa poitrine sans poils; le baiser matinal. Rester dans le lit car on l'aime à l'infini">(...)badine avec la mort" ♡ les pommes de terre qui tombent & la beauté d'une femme enceinte
Quite wonderful short from Varda in which she lovingly looks at her Mouffe neighbourhood in both its splendour and its' degradation while reflecting on life, pregnancy, joys and disappointments all in equal measure by simply showing images and sharing a song. Shot by the great Sacha Vierny with wonderful precision.
Aesthetically, a departure from the Varda I've seen, in a direction that might have made it my favourite. Instead, though the visuals on their own were far more stylistically interesting than usual, they didn't mesh with her standard, relatively straightforward, empathy-heavy narrative elements, making the whole thing, sadly, come across as arbitrary and amateurish. Also could've done without the opera schtick. 2.5
Two things I surprisingly noted:
1. Sacha Vierny was the DP on the film. He is one of my favorites - see his gorgeous camera work in Last Year at Marienbad, Night & Fog, and more recently in many of Peter Greenaway's films.
2. The copyright is not only to Anges Varda, but also her children (see title card).
A throwback into the silent era. This short film is less about pregnancy and more about life. It presents life through a couple of short vignettes which represent some of the fundamental juxtapositions in life, young versus old, life versus death and happy versus sad. A little experimental at times but in the end it's not that hard to see the angles.