For a better experience on MUBI, update your browser.
3.9
830 Ratings

Documenteur

Directed by Agnès Varda
France, 1981
Drama

Synopsis

Made during Agnès Varda’s brief stay in Los Angeles in the early 1980s, this small-scale fiction traces the alienation of a recent divorceé newly arrived in L.A. with her young son (played by Varda’s own son). This meditative portrait of urban isolation overflows with subtle visual poetry.

This film is not currently playing on MUBI but 30 other great films are. See what’s now showing
Documenteur Directed by Agnès Varda

Critics reviews

The Los Angeles of Documenteur is a sterile simulacra of Mur Murs’ vibrant, sun-drenched expanses, with community and camaraderie replaced by isolation, introspection, and addiction: sequences of documentary-like intimacy, of seemingly real people and predicaments, emerge from the drama only to fold quietly and without comment back into the narrative.
October 13, 2016
Read full article
It’s disarmingly modest and closely observed… A minimally plotted mood piece, it evokes Ms. Varda’s frustration at being unable to work on the movie she came to make.
August 06, 2015
Read full article
Paradoxically, nowhere does the director seem more nakedly on display than in a film in which she doesn’t appear at all: Documenteur (1981), a wrenching fictionalized account of her temporary separation from her husband, Jacques Demy, which Varda punningly refers to as “an emotion picture.”
April 14, 2015
Read full article

What are people saying?

Related films