Faces Places

Visages Villages

Agnès Varda and JRFrance89 minutes2016PGColourFrench

View Faces Places during the Faces Places with Kiva Reardon event.

"Agnès Varda has fun making her films, so we may have fun watching them," wrote François Truffaut in Cahiers du Cinéma in 1957 apropos of Varda's short Ô saisons, ô châteaux (screening as part of our second programme of Varda shorts). Six decades later, that statement is equally true of Faces Places, which returns the now 88-year-old filmmaker to familiar geographical and thematic territory (the French countryside, how chance encounters shape our lives, goats) but in the company of a new collaborator, 33-year-old French photographer and muralist JR. Of different generations, artistic practices and personal styles — the trilby-sporting JR cuts a towering hipster figure next to Varda's petite, purple-draped frame — the two make an unlikely pairing. But packed into JR's mobile darkroom van, they find shared ground as they celebrate the lives (and faces) of those they encounter on their cross-country voyage, and poignantly reflect on the passage of time and how it shapes the lives we live.