A woman is variable. Yet can one be more so than Jane Birkin? In this kaleidoscopic film made of various fictions, during various seasons, she plays various parts including her own. Famous under the name of Jane B., she allowed Agnès V. to film her.
Our final couplet by Agnès Varda is particularly special: a direct collaboration between the director and actress Jane Birkin, having just recently made the more story-driven 1987’s Le petit amour. This fruitful partnership freely darts and delves into acting, femininity and artistic creation.
Take all my stars, real life meeting surrealism. A gem for the imaginative. Plus Jane Birkin is one of the most sympathetic character there is to me.
Nude casino scene and the classical painting and flies scene are both masterpieces.
Does not quite transcend gender roles but all the flaws are forgiven.
Loved it. Cried hard due to the script. Varda is like my Grand-Mother. Taught me how to enjoy the decaying wall paint. And to see art and beauty everywhere. Birkin was superb. The sensitivity of Varda is to die for. One of the truly greats. Without question. Painting. That camera movement from Birkin's toes to birkin's smile? That's a whole masterpiece. One of the fondest hommages to a living actress i've ever seen
This patchwork quilt of a film has no direction, and wasn't intended to have any. It does have a focus- many different portraits of Jane Birkin and it will delight her fans, and of course fans of Agnes Varda, the first of the French New Wave film makers, and one of the most innovative documentarians ever.
clever portrait of an actress showing her in many roles both of imagination and memories. her biography was as kooky as her personality is. birkin is a very sensitive and unique soul, turning the big 4-0 here, but childlike at heart- the film represents this so perfectly. so glad i saw this right before my 3-0, it's magical.
This was my first exposure to Jane Birkin in the flesh (I only know her as the person for whom Birkin bags are named), and I found her wispy, girlish voice tedious. Is this her attempt to sound like Marilyn Monroe? Thank god for Agnes Varda's presence and her lovely, frank voice. Varda's interweaving of various imaginative story lines keeps things bearable.