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 (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Sometimes called 'The Mother of French New Wave cinema' 89 year old Agnès Varda makes a spontaneous documentary with the help of French photographer JR.
'Chance has always been my best assistant' Agnès Varda mentions, before she and JR go on a random ride throughout the whole of France. For this they use a van decorated by a photo lens, in search of everyday stories by people from all kind of backgrounds.
Although this particular method has been done many times before, and lacks innovation, Varda and JR still manage to make it into an original and fresh concept. This is mainly done by the big black and white posters they make of all the people they meet. These get plastered on walls, sheds, or even on a rock on a beach of Normandy.
What truly makes this movie though, is the almost mother-son like relationship between Varda and JR. Whether the ending is scripted, or not (I hope it really was by chance), it gave a satisfying conclusion between the two and their connection.
The editing and video techniques are reminiscent of French New Wave cinema, and come over as fresh and well used. The handheld camera and natural lightning were a sight to behold.
It's pleasing to see how a filmmaker of a lost time can still make pleasing contemporary documentaries, and JR proves he's more than a fine photographer and artist.
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