Faces Places reveals itself as a powerful, complex and radical work.
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Visages, Villages is quite a moving film, and speaks to a particular cultural mindset that knits art into the fabric of public life.
Invested with a real sense of joy, Faces Places is also something of a lament for a fast disappearing France.
The collaborative energy between the two makes for an endlessly charming documentary, as “Faces Places” manages to look forwards and backwards with touching insight.
Agnès Varda and JR's film develops into something approaching a manifesto for the possibility of shared happiness.
While all of the people they meet are delightful characters who the film manages to milk for every ounce of their personality, Varda and JR inevitably emerge as the real stars here.
Agnes Varda is almost 90 years old and she is still making fantastic films. Searching, compassionate, provocative, funny, sad ones. This is one of them. You should see it, and then go dancing in the streets.
If there’s a message in Visages, Villages (both to us, and from Varda to her young friend) is that one does not need to be a tortured and nasty person to make great art. She is living and still-working proof.
Agnès Varda, in the glory of her golden years, has become a humanist magician.
The two creators hit it off famously and collaborate with great ease on a journey driven by mutual curiosity and creative application.