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Faces Places

  • Starring: Jean-Paul Beaujon, Amaury Bossy, Yves Boulen
  • Director: Agnès Varda and JR
  • Genre(s): Documentary
  • Language: French
  • Rating: PG
  • Running Time: 89 min.

89-year old Agnes Varda, one of the leading figures of the French New Wave, and acclaimed 33 year-old French photographer and muralist JR teamed up to co-direct this enchanting documentary/road movie. Kindred spirits, Varda and JR share a lifelong passion for images and how they are created, displayed and shared. Together they travel around the villages of France in JR’s photo truck meeting locals, learning their stories and producing epic-size portraits of them. The photos are prominently displayed on houses, barns, storefronts and trains revealing the humanity in their subjects, and themselves. Faces Places documents these heart-warming encounters as well as the unlikely, tender friendship they formed along the way. [Cohen Media Group]

"The pair makes an oddly compelling Harold and Maude coupling, touring the countryside in a minibus-cum-box camera and honoring the locals by turning the facades of buildings into ephemeral open-air portrait galleries."
- Scott Marks, San Diego Reader
"This movie, a diary of a freewheeling, far-flung installation art project, combines chance and intuition and a humane eye."
- Michael Phillips, Chicago Tribune
"This delightful, digressive, breezy collaboration, staged to look more spontaneous than it possibly could be, celebrates and enhances both artists, repeatedly finding the extraordinary in the ordinary."
- Jonathan Rosenbaum, Chicago Reader
"Faces Places is a film of sheer joy, its exuberance surpassed only by its tenderness and purity of purpose."
- Ann Hornaday, Washington Post
"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."
- Peter Travers, Rolling Stone
"Varda has always possessed a warm and compulsively watchable screen presence, and the pint-sized iconoclast still has more pep in her step than most of us have ever had."
- David Ehrlich, indieWire
"A lovely addition to the long line of personal documentaries about French life at ground level that Agnes Varda has been making throughout her entire career."
- Todd McCarthy, Hollywood Reporter