Faces Places

Visages, villages


Thursday, Nov. 9 at 4:30pm
Sunday, Nov. 12 at 3:00pm
Plaza Frontenac Cinema
Plaza Frontenac Cinema

Eighty-nine-year old Agnès Varda, one of the leading figures of the French New Wave, and acclaimed 33-year-old French photographer and muralist JR teamed up to co-direct this enchanting documentary/road movie. Kindred spirits, Varda and JR share a lifelong passion for images and how they are created, displayed, and shared. Together they travel around the villages of France in JR’s photo truck — meeting locals, learning their stories, and producing epic-size portraits of them. The photos are prominently displayed on houses, barns, storefronts, and trains, revealing the humanity in their subjects. “Faces Places” documents both these heart-warming encounters and the unlikely, tender friendship that was formed along the way. Variety writes of Varda: “She’s 88, and makes films like she’s 28. Her new one is another roving personalized documentary made in the cinematic thrift-shop spirit of 'The Gleaners and I' (2000) and 'The Beaches of Agnès' (2008). Both those films were enchanting, and this one is too, though here Varda raises the bar on what she’s doing, because her premise is so slender that she appears, at times, to be conjuring the film out of thin air. Agnès Varda, in the glory of her golden years, has become a humanist magician.”