FACES PLACES

Pasatiempo - - MOVING IMAGES - (Jonathan Richards)

French New Wave leg­end Agnès Varda teams up with the charis­matic young French pho­tog­ra­pher JR to visit a se­ries of out- of-the-way places in the French coun­try­side, tak­ing pic­tures of the lo­cals, print­ing them out in mu­ral pro­por­tions, and past­ing them on the side of barns, houses, and any­thing else that comes to hand. Some of the mu­ral im­ages they cre­ate smack of so­cial com­men­tary, while oth­ers sim­ply cel­e­brate the lives of real peo­ple who oth­er­wise would sink into obliv­ion. The hu­man­ity and the joy of this movie make it im­pos­si­ble to watch with­out a smile on your face. There are mo­ments of vul­ner­a­bil­ity and pathos as well. As a coda to Varda’s life in film, or as the last movie be­fore her next one, this is a gem. Rated PG. 89 min­utes. In French with sub­ti­tles. Cen­ter for Con­tem­po­rary Arts.

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