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109 minutes · 2009

Documentary, Essay
French filmmaker Agnes Varda returns to the guiding metaphor of The Gleaners and I (2000), her documentary about scavengers, though in this visually witty 2009 memoir she's poring over her own past and its artifacts—some of them people. The autobiography is framed by sequences on a Belgian beach that's like the ones she frequented as a child and which Varda variously decorates with mirrors, tents, nautical ropes and fishnet, and even trapeze artists. All the while she revisits the places and people of her youth, drawing on archival footage and cherished mementos to evoke her long marriage to director Jacques Demy, the creation of her own films (Cleo From 5 to 7, Daguerreotypes, A Hundred and One Nights), and her friends in the French New Wave (Jean-Luc Godard, Alain Resnais, and Chris Marker, the latter embodied by a big, orange cartoon cat). In French with subtitles.
Director: Agnès Varda
Writer: Agnès Varda
Producer: Agnès Varda
Cast: Agnès Varda, André Lubrano, Blaise Fournier, Vincent Fournier, Andrée Vilar, Stéphane Vilar, Christophe Vilar, Rosalie Varda, Mathieu Demy and Christophe Vallaux

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