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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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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Agnès Varda ... Herself
André Lubrano André Lubrano ... Himself
Blaise Fournier Blaise Fournier ... Himself
Vincent Fournier Vincent Fournier ... Himself
Andrée Vilar Andrée Vilar ... Herself
Stéphane Vilar Stéphane Vilar ... Himself
Christophe Vilar Christophe Vilar ... Himself
Rosalie Varda ... Herself
Mathieu Demy ... Himself
Christophe Vallaux Christophe Vallaux ... Himself
Mireille Henrio Mireille Henrio ... Herself
Didier Rouget Didier Rouget ... Himself
Anne-Laure Manceau Anne-Laure Manceau ... Agnès Varda jeune
Gerald Ayres ... Himself (as Gerry Ayres)
Jim McBride Jim McBride ... Himself
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Storyline

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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Country:

France

Language:

French | English

Release Date:

17 December 2008 (France) See more »

Also Known As:

As Praias de Agnès See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$2,948, 7 August 2009, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$239,711, 22 August 2010
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1.85 : 1
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French visa # 118156. See more »

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Supplique pour être enterré à la plage de Sète
Composed, Written and Sung by Georges Brassens
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Lucy In The Sky With Diamonds
12 March 2010 | by valis1949See all my reviews

This movie is so far beyond what could be considered,'Documentary', that the film exists in entirely new cinematic terrain. Agnes Varda has spent her life portraying Life with an artistic skill and wit that is second to none. She has created a body of work, both as a photographer and a film maker that will be viewed and celebrated as long as there are humans on the planet. And, now with, THE BEACHES OF AGNES, she tackles the presentation of her own personal story, not within the confines of, 'Realism', but in full-blown, 'Surreal Mode'. Each and every shot in this film is a joy to behold- Awe inspiring and playful simultaneously. Sound, or the lack there of, also adds an additional perspective which has a way of pulling the viewer deeper into the startling images and compelling narrative structure. THE BEACHES OF AGNES is one of the best films I have seen in a long while, and I am positive that I have never seen anything quite like it. A Must See.


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