A crime--a transaction gone wrong. A trip of solitude--a broken relationship. Neighborhood gossip--a dead child. Varda's first film is a beautiful and honest film of cause and effect. That is not to say that these things directly caused their matching consequence, but they pair up nicely and are interesting to think about. The cinematography pairs seamlessly with the dialogue. Recommended.
fine early varda. her use of sound here is just like resnais marienbad which is no accident considering that her editor here was resnais. her style is concerned with links and sequences and is poetic to behold. for an early film she has incredible poise and vision. she also probes marriages and the loss of and lack of love as well as antonioni or bergman. look at this film to see why she is an all time great.
A striking debut. Existential reportage. Impressionistic and deeply felt. It is clear that Varda was radically inspired by the films Rossellini made in the early 50s with Ingrid Bergman. The collaboration here with Alain Resnais says a great deal about where these extraordinary artists were coming from in the early stages of their remarkable careers .
"...and by the inhabitants of Pointe Courte" . I love Agnes; right up front she credits the locals with telling the story; juxtaposing real life passion with the cool detachment of theater. The beauty lies in the compositional detail. A film to watch again, without the audio track. Bravo! Varda, a true and original artiste.