Faces Places

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Octogenarian French director Agnès Varda hits the road with young photo-muralist JR, creating artworks, looking up old friends and making new ones.

"Agnes Varda and JR have things in common: their passion for images in general and more particularly questionning the places where they are showed, how they are shared, exposed. Agnès chose cinema. JR chose to create open-air photographic galleries. When Agnès and JR met in 2015, they immediately wanted to work together, shoot a film in France, far from the cities. Random encounters or prepared projects, they will go towards the others and get them to follow them on their trip with JR’s photographic truck. The film is also about their friendship that grows during the shooting, between surprises and malice, laughing of their differences." (Cannes Film Festival)

Trailers

Awards

Winner of the Golden Eye (JR, Varda) and the Palme de Whiskers (Mimi), 2017 Cannes Film Festival

Directed by

  • Jr.('Women Are Heroes')
  • Agnès Varda('The Beaches of Agnès', 'The Gleaners & I: Two Years Later', 'Cleo from 5 to 7')

Written by

Documentary, World Cinema

89mins

Rating: Exempt

French with English subtitles

France

Hollywood Reporter

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Only recently acquainted, the two creators hit it off famously and collaborate with great ease on a journey driven by mutual curiosity and creative application.

Screen International

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Invested with a real sense of joy, Faces Places is also something of a lament for a fast disappearing France.

The Guardian (UK)

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Working for the first time with a co-director, French artist JR, the veteran documentary maker makes a near-perfect study of ‘faces and places’.

Variety (USA)

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She’s 88, and makes films like she’s 28. Her movies are the opposite of old wo(man’s) movies. They’re a tonic — just watching them makes you feel younger.

Los Angeles Times

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"Faces Places" turns out to be a road movie in more than a merely literal sense. It is at once a roving journey into environments we rarely see in cinema and an incomplete but invaluable map of Varda's memories.

New York Times

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The film works just fine as an anthology of amiable encounters and improvised collaborations. But it's a lot more than that.

Rolling Stone

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Sheer perfection. French New Wave veteran Agnes Varda and the young photographer JR leap fearlessly into the art of making art in the year's best and most beguiling doc.

Sydney Morning Herald

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It works, as a playful yet impressive tribute.

FilmInk (Australia)

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Deliberately simple but surprisingly satisfying.