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Agnès Varda's "Daguerréotypes"

12 December 2011 5:37 AM, PST | MUBI | See recent MUBI news »

"In a career that began nearly 60 years ago, Agnès Varda has shown an extraordinary gift for capturing the theatricality of the mundane, particularly in her documentaries," writes Melissa Anderson in the Voice. "Daguerréotypes, filmed in 1975 but only now receiving a New York run, affectionately chronicles the shopkeepers within 50 yards of her home, at 88 rue Daguerre in Paris's 14th arrondissement."

"Daguerréotypes has a cute pun for a title," notes Jesse Cataldo in Slant, "and the results at first seem predictably twee: little portraits of shopkeepers at work, ensconced in charming, specialized stores along a quiet street, their foibles tagged and collected. But like many of Varda's similarly themed explorations, the results are more than they initially seem, casual anthropology with a strongly humanist bent, resulting in a film that's fueled more by compassion than curiosity. It's this compassion that elevates the film, assuring that Varda's storybook portraiture never feels pat or manipulative, »

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