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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.

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