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4.4
2,913 Ratings

The Beaches of Agnès

Les plages d'Agnès

Directed by Agnès Varda
France, 2008
Biography, Documentary, Comedy

Synopsis

Returning to the beaches that have been part of her life, Agnès Varda invents a kind of self-portrait-documentary. Agnès stages herself among excerpts of her films, images and reportages; weaving public and private struggles, loves and friendships, films and people, and the history of French cinema.

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The Beaches of Agnès Directed by Agnès Varda

Awards & Festivals

Village Voice Film Poll

2009 | 3rd place: Best Documentary Feature Film

Indiewire Critics' Poll

2009 | 2nd place: Best Documentary

This is a sprawling, experimental, autobiographical project structured around a series of art exhibits, dramatic recreations and installations. . . . To borrow from André Bazin, film is “preservation of life by a representation of life.” So too is The Beaches of Agnès. It is Varda’s attempt to capture and preserve something of herself on film, in her own terms.
December 04, 2017
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In a sense, Varda has done for herself what she did for Demy [with Jacquot de Nantes]—creating a work, as charming as it is touching, that serves to explicate and enrich an entire oeuvre.
July 01, 2009
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The way that this endless series of marvellous images and events evokes the famous fairy tale of the Thousand and One Nights is not accidental. Agnès Varda’s unclassifiable new film Les plages d’Agnès (2008) enchants us in the same way that Scheherazade may have bewitched her powerful sultan. In this new succession of fascinating events and unforgettable protagonists, Agnès V. seems inexhaustible in her recounting of reminiscences, associations, dreams and insights.
February 01, 2009
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