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830 Ratings


Directed by Agnès Varda
France, 1981


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.

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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
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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
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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
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