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The Beaches of Agnès (2008)

Les plages d'Agnès (original title)
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Agnès Varda explores her memories, mostly chronologically, with photographs, film clips, interviews, reenactments, and droll, playful contemporary scenes of her narrating her story.
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Agnès Varda ... Self
André Lubrano André Lubrano ... Self
Blaise Fournier Blaise Fournier ... Self
Vincent Fournier Vincent Fournier ... Self
Andrée Vilar Andrée Vilar ... Self
Stéphane Vilar Stéphane Vilar ... Self
Christophe Vilar Christophe Vilar ... Self
Rosalie Varda ... Self
Mathieu Demy ... Self
Christophe Vallaux Christophe Vallaux ... Self
Mireille Henrio Mireille Henrio ... Self
Didier Rouget Didier Rouget ... Self
Anne-Laure Manceau Anne-Laure Manceau ... Agnès Varda jeune
Gerald Ayres ... Self (as Gerry Ayres)
Jim McBride Jim McBride ... Self
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At nearly 80, Agnès Varda explores her memory - growing up in Belgium, living in Sète, Paris, and Noirmoutier, discovering photography, making a film, being part of the New Wave, raising children with Jacques Demy, losing him, and growing old. She explores her memory using photographs, film clips, home movies, contemporary interviews, and set pieces she designs to capture a feeling, a time, or a frame. Shining through each scene are her impish charm, inventiveness, and natural empathy. How do people grow old, how does loss stay with them, can they remain creative, and what do they remember? Memory, she says, is like a swarm of confused flies. She envisions hers for us. Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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French visa # 118156. See more »

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References La Jetée (1962) See more »

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"Maréchal nous voilà!
Music by André Montagnard and Charles Courtioux
Lyrics by André Montagnard
éditions musicales du Ver Luisant
(1941)
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A summing up movie by a great director
10 March 2016 | by Red-125See all my reviews

The French movie Les plages d'Agnès was shown in the U.S. with the title The Beaches of Agnès (2008). It was directed by Agnès Varda.

This is a summing up movie, completed by Varda when she was 80 years old. It's really a semi-documentary, but it includes surreal elements that Varda interweaves with commentary, historical movie clips, and direct discussions with the us, the audience.

If you're an Agnès Varda fan, this movie will be perfect. If you've never seen a Varda film, it may not make much sense. Even so, it's interesting, funny, and poignant. If you're not sure, take a chance on it.

We saw the movie at the excellent Dryden Theatre in the George Eastman Museum in Rochester, NY. It was part of an Agnès Varda retrospective, cosponsored by Rochester Institute of Technology and the Eastman Museum. It will work better on the large screen, but it will be satisfactory on the small screen as well.


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France

Language:

French | English

Release Date:

17 December 2008 (France) See more »

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Filming Locations:

La Panne Beach, Belgium See more »

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Budget:

EUR1,900,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$19,032, 5 July 2009

Gross USA:

$239,711

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$2,237,275
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1.85 : 1
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