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Faces Places(Visages, villages)

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France · 2017
1h 34m
Director Agnès Varda, JR
Starring Agnès Varda, JR
Genre Documentary

In this unique documentary, director Agnès Varda and street artist JR journey through rural France, forming an unlikely friendship through their spectacular collaborative works inspired by their chance encounters. As they take photographs of locals and turn them into large-scale artwork, Varda and JR learn about their subjects' lives and communities.

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What are people saying?

Hannah Benson Profile picture for Hannah Benson

Love this! Such a sweet friendship and a trip through France that does not revolve around Paris. Also love the great footage of Varda's early photography.

What are critics saying?


Vox by Alissa Wilkinson

Visages, Villages is quite a moving film, and speaks to a particular cultural mindset that knits art into the fabric of public life.


The Playlist by Bradley Warren

The collaborative energy between the two makes for an endlessly charming documentary, as “Faces Places” manages to look forwards and backwards with touching insight.


IndieWire by David Ehrlich

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.

88 by Glenn Kenny

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.


The Guardian by Jordan Hoffman

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.

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