WIFF | FILMS

FACES PLACES (VISAGES VILLAGES)

Review

Director:

 JR, Agnès Varda

Genre:

Documentary

Country:

France

Rated:

UNRATED

Year:

2017

Language:

French

Runtime:

89 Minutes

Description:

OFFICIAL CLOSING NIGHT FILM

“Chance has always been my best asset.”

At 89, Agnes Varda is, with Jean-Luc Godard, the wise elder of the French New Wave and a specialist in crafting fascinating open-eyed studies of people living eccentric lives on society’s fringes.  She teams up with 33-year-old French photographer and muralist JR to create an enchanting travelogue/road movie.

Sharing a lifelong passion for images and the means by which they are created, displayed and shared, the duo hits the road in a mobile photo van that can produce large paper prints of photographs that can then be plastered anywhere the artists choose.  They travel through France’s small villages, meeting locals, learning their stories, and producing epic-size portraits of them on houses, barns, storefronts and trains.

Faces Places documents these heartwarming encounters, as well as the unlikely, tender friendship Varda and JR formed along the way.

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