FACES PLACES

Empire (UK) - - CINEMA - Dp

★★★★ 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.

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