The Beaches of Agnès

Les Plages d'Agnès

Agnès VardaFrance110 minutes200814AColourEnglish French

View The Beaches of Agnès during the The Beaches of Agnès with Corinn Columpar event.

"If we opened up people, we'd find landscapes," says Varda in The Beaches of Agnès; "if we opened up me, we'd find beaches." Like the heroine of Cléo de 5 à 7 moving thoughtfully through the streets of Paris, Varda's sweeping autobiographical documentary sees the filmmaker reflecting on the last eight decades of her life while revisiting and exploring the beaches of her past, from the shores of her childhood home of Seté, to the banks of the Seine from her collegiate years, to the golden coast of California where she and her late husband Jacques Demy spent the latter part of the 1960s as Demy struggled to make Model Shop. Both a stirring career retrospective and a moving meditation on the passage of time, The Beaches of Agnès is a filmic art installation, wherein the ritual of retracing one's steps becomes vital to excavating memory.