In two huge rooms discover hundreds of old photographs: children in their Sunday best, families gathered, groups of friends, athletes or colleagues, etc., and discover that in each picture we also see a teddy bear…
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if memory is a good thing in itself, then why are we here, in the east, with every day and every conversation, taught to forget and to forgive? for the sake of good manners, of good faith, of integration, of civilisation. isn't memory a good thing for ALL?
This documentary was moving from the intro telling us that Ydessa began her teddy bear photo collection because of a young cousin of hers who died at Auschwitz to the huge collection of photos of people with their teddy bears I did not see the time go by. There is more to this film, however, than photos of people with teddy bears. There is a lot of thinking on the human condition. Agnes Varda does that so well.
Ydessa a créé une exposition de photographies où figurent des ours en peluche. Agnès Varda pose sur elle et sur son exposition un regard curieux ; elle tente de comprendre les motivations de la femme, elle nous invite à regarder les photos avec autant de curiosité qu'elle, elle nous invite à réfléchir et à être émus. C'est simple et c'est touchant.
As always, it's less the topic than it is the way we learn why Varda thought it was interesting in the first place. Sadly, in this one, its protagonist is a bit hard to take, which acts as counterweight... Still, her exhibit, and the people who talk about it, are interesting enough to carry 45 minutes. It's great because it's Varda; but, for Varda, it's not that great.