Winner of "Best Documentary" ("meilleur film documentaire") at the 2009 César Awards.
A reflection on art, life and the movies, THE BEACHES OF AGNES is a magnificent film from the great Agnes Varda, director of CLEO FROM 5 TO 7, a richly cinematic self portrait that touches on everything from the feminist movement and the Black Panthers to the films of husband Jacques Demy (THE UMBRELLAS OF CHERBOURG) and the birth of the French New Wave.
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Truly enjoyable, and eccentric, reminiscence of times past and loves lost. Varda is enjoying herself in this tribute to her life in the movies and to her relationship to Demy. She is playful, never self-pitying, clever in her juxtaposition of images of the current with those of the past. What is more, she is never self-aggrandizing, as so many others are. And yet. And yet, she was one of the few women (the only one?) who dared take on the totally male-dominated French film industry in the Sixties and Seventies. She makes a light joke about la Nouvelle Vague, using her favorite decor, the sea coast, and talks about her friendship with the giants of that seminal period, from Resnais to Chabrol and Godard, but without a hint of irony about the misogyny of those auteurs.
Looking forward to the restoration of the Umbrellas of Cherbourg.
Cleo From 5 to 7 being one of my favorite films, I found this a wonderful view into the director, Agnes Varda. The film evolves, the telling of her story, her artistic vision, her childhood, it is intriguing to watch - particularly if you are aware of the French New Wave Cinema and artists of that time. It puts another piece of the puzzle together. Interesting also for elements of Jacques Demy. If you are someone who likes a movie to get to its point, wrap things up quickly and get on to the next thing - I would not recommend this movie for you. On the other hand, if you are someone who likes to linger and explore off the beaten path places and soak up what little treasures you find along the way - you will enjoy this film very much.
don`t bother watching it