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Journal de France – review | Peter Bradshaw

30 January 2014 4:05 PM, PST | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

A documentary by French photographer and film-maker Raymond Depardon offers an absorbing self-portrait

Journal de France is an engrossing and valuable personal record of the work of photographer and film-maker Raymond Depardon, depicting his autumnal journey across France, taking pictures of buildings and street scenes that he believes are in danger of dying out. Looking out of the windscreen at the wheel of his camper van, or poised behind the viewfinder, patiently waiting for people to go past so that he can take the shot, he is a mild and grandfatherly figure; the barber whose shop he photographs trims his eyebrows as well as cutting his hair. He has a faint look of Michel Piccoli. The filmed record of his excursion is interspersed with clips of "memories and outtakes" from a whole career of cine-reportage from the 1960s onwards, with a candid insider account of Giscard d'Estaing's political behaviour in »

- Peter Bradshaw

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