In what may be Varda’s last film, this documentary is made in the same warm and exploratory spirit as her previous films, The Beaches of Agnès and The Gleaners, but here for the first time she has a collaborator, the photographic installation artist JR. Their mission is to travel around industrial and rural France in JR’s van in which he creates architectural photographs. Vital and inquisitive as always, Varda interviews their subjects, making the monumental photographs which adorn the sides of buildings, barns and other structures to be fully autobiographical and celebratory. A joyful and poignant film.
“Sheer perfection – that’s the phrase that springs to mind when describing the humanist miracle that is Faces Places, the year’s best and most beguiling documentary.” (Peter Travers, rollingstone.com)
Dir: Agnès Varda 94mins France 2017
Dr Ann Miller, formerly of the Department of Modern Languages, Leicester University, returns to introduce and discuss this latest film from renowned director, Agnès Varda