Expérimental, bricolé, libre, léger et grave, les Plages d'Agnès tient plus d'une introspection que d'une hagiographie. Où la convocation des fantômes sert à montrer ce qui nous anime. Ce que ce film chine, ce n'est pas tant Agnès Varda, qu'un regard sur le monde, bienveillant et ému, assemblé de petits rien qu'elle nous invite à déplier de nous-mêmes comme elle les extrait d'elle-même. Magnifique !
Les plages d'Agnès's successes are the direct opposites to the failing of Les Cent et unes nuits; more than a film director, Agnès Varda is a photographer. She's isn't interested in pure fantasies, all of her best films are in close proximity to people and cities, parallel to their fictions. Sure, a film about a director explaining her/his movies is a bit redundant, but it one of the few that's actually fun to watch.
Varda manages to make the "best of" doco format feel radiant, mostly because the film is so lived in; the clips, re-enactments and anecdotes all personal, eschewing the obvious stuff. I don't mind that the film is loose, its "timeless" beach metaphor only sporadically used, because the personality in this film is bountiful. We were conned into loving a film where someone brags about all their awesome experiences.
Agnès Varda’s creative encounters with her own past are amazing. I am fascinated by the way she reflects personal memories as well as her films and photographies and turns all these elements into ingredients of a new, aesthetically appealing metafilm. Watching „Les plages d'Agnès“ means to discover many influences but also being totally exposed to Varda’s imaginative stream of conciousness filmmaking. Wonderful!
J'adore Agnès quand elle joue le cinéma! Ce film fait le paire avec la bio de son amoureux Jaquot, que j'ai aussi aimé extrêmement. Quel récit fascinant, tout au long de sa vie: c'est un extraordinaire fresco d'images fragmentées, références, coquillages, souvenirs d'enfance et mémoires, chatons, rencontres épiques et luttes des femmes. Poétique, nostalgique. Je voudrais en parler avec elle, sur l'île, à l'infini ♥
Gorgeous and poetic, it is incredibly simple and straightforward yet brimming with metaphors and beautiful images. An extraordinary filmmaker telling us about her extraordinary life that feels almost as if she had known us for her whole life. An absolutely perfect film.
You showed this film a couple of years ago, maximum. You programmed this film less than 2 years ago. Please note that I am protesting in general about the number of films you are showing again in a very short space of time. We don't pay our membership fees for endless repeats. If other members would like to comment, I would appreciate some support here.