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3.9
702 Ratings

Faces Places

Visages, villages

Directed by JR, Agnès Varda
France, 2017
Documentary

Synopsis

Faces Places sees iconic director Agnès Varda forging an unexpected collaboration with photographer JR as they embark on a road trip like no other. They set out in JR’s photo booth truck, exploring the villages of rural France to take portraits of their residents, enlarged into gigantic murals!

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Faces Places Directed by JR, Agnès Varda

Awards & Festivals

Cannes Film Festival

2017 | Out of Competition

Academy Awards

2018 | Nominee: Best Documentary Feature

Independent Spirit Awards

2018 | Winner: Best Documentary

A wonderful exercise in memory and merriment, in instinct and improvisation.
September 25, 2018
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A picture of [Varda’s] friend, the photographer Guy Bourdin (1928-91), she had taken in 1954, is glued by JR’s assistants on the side of a WWII blockhouse incongruously fallen on the beach from a cliff. Bourdin’s image is placed in such a way that he seems to be “rocking” at the bottom of the blockhouse. “When you think of the dead, you want to cradle them,” says Varda.
March 21, 2018
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Like the worst social-practice art—the innumerable critiques of which seem not to have reached Varda and JR—these ameliorative excursions seek to inject creativity and happiness into the lives of those less fortunate.
March 16, 2018
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