Documentary – 2017 – France – 89 Minutes – Cohen Media Group – In French with English Subtitles – PG
Agnès Varda and JR have things in common: a passion for and the exploration of images in general, and more precisely, for places and for ways of showing, sharing, and exhibiting them. Agnès chose cinema. JR chose to create open air photography galleries. When Agnès and JR met in 2015, they immediately wanted to work together, to shoot a film in France, far from cities, during a trip in JR’s photographic (and magical) truck. Through chance encounters and prepared projects, they reached out to others, listening to them, photographing them, and sometimes putting them on posters. This film also tells the story of Agnès and JR’s friendship, which grew stronger throughout the film shoot, between surprises and teasing, and while laughing about their differences.
Directed by Agnès Varda and JR
Anecdote and history converge wondrously and insightfully in this playful yet painstaking collaboration between the octogenarian director Agnès Varda and the thirtysomething photographer and muralist JR. – The New Yorker
Agnès Varda, in the glory of her golden years, has become a humanist magician. – Variety
This rich cross-generational exchange speaks to the persistence of French cinematic culture — Varda’s relationship with the pioneering filmmaker Jean-Luc Godard is a recurring theme — while the doc itself is a delight, subtle, touching and entertaining. – Globe and Mail
Agnès Varda and JR’s film develops into something approaching a manifesto for the possibility of shared happiness. – Slant Magazine