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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

Writers:

JR, Agnès Varda
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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
Patricia Mercier Patricia Mercier ... Herself
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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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France

Language:

French

Release Date:

28 June 2017 (France) See more »

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Faces Places See more »

Filming Locations:

Paris, France See more »

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Opening Weekend USA:

$31,006, 8 October 2017, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$953,717, 19 April 2018
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1.85 : 1
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JR: I still haven't forgotten the images from your movies.
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Ring My Bell
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Documentary by Chance
12 June 2018 | by jorengrembSee all my reviews

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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