The Beaches of Agnes Review

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Agnes Varda is a French director of dazzling intellect and impressive canon, especially her contributions to the Nouvelle Vague period of French cinema.


Having shot an exquisite memoir of helmer husband Jacques Demy in Jacquot de Nantes, Agnès Varda assembles an equally affecting self-portrait in this effortless assemblage of home movies and clips from her diverse filmography. Don’t be fooled by the portly octogenarian pottering around here — Varda is a woman of fierce intellect and an exceptional filmmaker.

There’s nothing mawkish about her ripe recollections of a wartime childhood or her accidental admission to the Nouvelle Vague. Moreover, her keen insights into the real and imaginary worlds she’s inhabited make this a consistently engaging experience.

Compelling and intriguing, this is the perfect director's autobiography.