★★★★ OUT 21 September / CERT 12A / 94 mins Directors Agnès Varda, JR cast Agnès Varda, JR, Jeannine Carpentier, Jacky Patin
RETURNING TO FEATURES for the first time since 2008’s The Beaches Of Agnès, the irrepressible Agnès Varda teams up with photographer JR for an unmissable trip around france’s forgotten hinterland. Pasting portraits on local landmarks and revelling in their 55-year age difference, the duo seek to capture disappearing landscapes and lifestyles, while also exploring how the generational baton gets handed on. Despite its seeming whimsy, the odyssey has a sharp political edge, as Varda elicits stories from ordinary people whose voices are often drowned out by the everyday hubbub. Varda and JR make an empathetic team, and their film is as provocative as it is poetic and poignant.