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Faces Places (2017)

Visages villages (original title)
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Director Agnes Varda and photographer/muralist J.R. journey through rural France and form an unlikely friendship.

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JR, Agnès Varda

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JR, Agnès Varda
Nominated for 1 Oscar. Another 36 wins & 36 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Agnès Varda ... Herself
JR ... Himself
Jeannine Carpentier Jeannine Carpentier ... Herself
Clemens Van Dungern Clemens Van Dungern ... Himself
Marie Douvet Marie Douvet ... Herself
Jean-Paul Beaujon Jean-Paul Beaujon ... Himself
Nathalie Schleehauf Nathalie Schleehauf ... Herself
Vincent Gils Vincent Gils ... Himself
Claude Flaert Claude Flaert ... Himself
Patrick Bernard Patrick Bernard ... Himself
Amaury Bossy Amaury Bossy ... Himself
Didier Campy Comte Didier Campy Comte ... Himself
Jacky Patin Jacky Patin ... Himself
Pony-Soleil-Air-Sauvage-Nature Pony-Soleil-Air-Sauvage-Nature ... Himself (as Pony)
Patricia Mercier Patricia Mercier ... Herself
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Storyline

Agnes Varda, one of the leading lights of France's honored French New Wave cinema era, and professional photographer and muralist, J.R., partake on a special art project. Together, they travel around France in a special box truck equipped as a portable photo booth and traveling printing facility as they take photographs of people around the country. With that inspiration, they also create special colossal mural pictures of individuals, communities and places they want to honor and celebrate. Along the way, the old cinematic veteran and the young artistic idealist enjoy an odd friendship as they chat and explore their views on the world as only they can. Written by Kenneth Chisholm (kchishol@rogers.com)

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Rated PG for brief nude images and thematic elements | See all certifications »

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Country:

France

Language:

French

Release Date:

28 June 2017 (France) See more »

Also Known As:

Faces Places See more »

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Opening Weekend USA:

$31,006, 8 October 2017

Gross USA:

$953,717
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With her nomination for Best Documentary Feature at 89 years old, Agnès Varda becomes the oldest person nominated for any competitive Oscar. See more »

Quotes

JR: I still haven't forgotten the images from your movies.
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References Un Chien Andalou (1929) See more »

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You'll book a flight to France after seeing this lyrical Golden Eye Cannes winner.
3 November 2017 | by jdesandoSee all my reviews

"Lyrical" best expresses with poetic simplicity the greatness of Faces Places, a documentary from French director Agnes Varda and street photographer, graffiti artist, JR. Together they create a song like film that immortalizes the French countryside and the people who work there.

Cruising in their van tricked out to look like a camera, they converse with and capture in photos goatherds, farmers, coal miners, factory workers, and cheese makers. By engaging their subjects with a sincere interest in what they do (Varda comes back a second time to connect with a lady whose principled tending of goats (not burning off young horns) appeals to the still formidable, principled director.

Varda and JR's blowing up the portraits to put on the sides of buildings, hills, ant trains not only ingratiates the artists with the subjects, but also figuratively comments on the director and photographer's ability to magnify the beauty of human nature. All photographers should hope for that impact.

A recurring motif about JR's unwillingness to remove his sunglasses (I identify) reminds Varda of her New-Wave friend, Godard, leading them to attempt to visit the famed director at the end of the film. Regardless of her success in connecting, Godard serves a touchstone for the genius of Varda and friends in the '60's just as JR helps make her just as relevant today at 88.

She's a remarkable grand dame, and although some have called her work "thrift-shop cinema," she and partner JR are savvy enough to win the 2017 Golden Eye for a documentary at Cannes. Best expressing her optimism and realism, she says about her death, "I'm looking forward to it. Because that'll be that." "That" is a body of work, the present doc included, that spans a half century of sublime cinema with immortality on its mind.


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