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8.1
/10
1,250 Ratings

Jane B. par Agnès V.

Directed by Agnès Varda
France, 1988
Documentary, Fantasy
  • French
  • English

Synopsis

A woman is variable. Yet can one be more so than Jane Birkin? In this kaleidoscopic film made of various fictions, during various seasons, she plays various parts including her own. Famous under the name of Jane B., she allowed Agnès V. to film her.

Our take

A cinematic collaboration between two of the most fabulous of women: French New Wave director Agnès Varda and British singer and actress Jane Birkin. In this marvelous, indescribable film the two cross paths, inspiring each other and us too.

Jane B. par Agnès V. Directed by Agnès Varda
The film takes the concept of an actor’s showcase to postmodern, avant-garde extremes, doing away with narrative in favor of freeform confessions and performances. The opening establishes the freewheeling tone, placing Birkin in a tableau vivant of a 16th-century painting before spoiling the classical mood by having the actress talk about vomiting on set on her 30th birthday.
March 06, 2016
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A landmark in feminist cinema, the film is a thoroughly collaborative effort between filmmaker and subject, narratively driven by a conversation between the two that makes plenty of room for tangential flights of fancy as Birkin not only recalls but imagines the many facets of her personal and creative life, putting on different costumes to enact each.
October 16, 2015
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The farthest thing from a straightforward documentary, this companion piece to Ms. Varda’s fiction film “Kung-Fu Master,” in which Ms. Birkin played the lead role, “Jane B.” seems the result of a deep, sympathetic collaboration between director and subject.
October 15, 2015
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