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Agnès Varda's Couplets

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A small season devoted to the incredible diversity of coupling in the equally diverse and inspired cinema of Agnès Varda: Husband and wife, girlfriend and girlfriend, mother and teenager—and even director and actress.

Jane B. par Agnès V.

Agnès Varda France, 1988


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.

One Sings, the Other Doesn't

Agnès Varda France, 1977


Our previous couplets from Agnès Varda have told stories of romantic love, but this vivid dose of the 60s and 70s instead pivots around platonic female friendship. Once befriended, they grow up and older as the tumultuous era rumbles under their feet, piercing their lives and changing their paths.

The Creatures

Agnès Varda France, 1966


Our next Agnès Varda couplet is the more conventional pairing of husband and wife, played by a couple far from regular: French cinema axioms Michel Piccoli and Catherine Deneuve! Told in an kooky, inspired mix of fantasy, artistic creation, desires and pains, Varda is a magician of the unexpected.

Le petit amour

Agnès Varda France, 1988

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Today we launch Agnès Varda’s Couplets, devoted to the diverse coupling in the equally diverse cinema of this great filmmaker. We begin with the most unusual pair: a mother (pop icon Jane Birkin) and a teen boy (Mathieu Demy, son of Varda and Jacques Demy). Varda’s sensitivity is magnificent.

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