The Beaches of Agnès

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  • Summary: A reflection on art, life and the movies, The Beaches of Agnes is a magnificent new film from the great Agnes Varda, a richly cinematic self portrait that touches on everything from the feminist movement and the black panthers to the films of husband Jacques Demy and the birth of the FrenchA reflection on art, life and the movies, The Beaches of Agnes is a magnificent new film from the great Agnes Varda, a richly cinematic self portrait that touches on everything from the feminist movement and the black panthers to the films of husband Jacques Demy and the birth of the French New Wave. (Cinema Guild) Expand

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 19 out of 19
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 19
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  1. 100
    For filmgoers determined to see cinema not just as mass entertainment but as an art form, The Beaches of Agnes arrives like an exhilarating call to arms.
  2. 100
    If you have never seen a single film by Agnes Varda, perhaps it is best to start with The Beaches of Agnes.
  3. In The Beaches of Agnès, you get addicted to watching Agnès Varda watch the world.
  4. The sheer sensuousness of all these bric-a-brac memories is sustaining.
  5. A genuinely playful wander down memory-lane by one of France's most revered film-makers, it's sufficiently erudite and extract-packed to satisfy cinephiles but also accessible to those for whom her name rings only vague bells.
  6. A lovely bit of memory and mischief.
  7. 70
    French filmmaker Agnes Varda returns to the guiding metaphor of "The Gleaners and I "(2000), her documentary about scavengers, though in this visually witty 2008 memoir she's poring over her own past and its artifacts--some of them people.

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  1. RichardD.
    Oct 14, 2009
    10
    This film is a hymn to the love of cinema and the love of humanity. In these times of economic disaster and senseless war Agnes Varda is a This film is a hymn to the love of cinema and the love of humanity. In these times of economic disaster and senseless war Agnes Varda is a wonder to treasure. Collapse
  2. MartinD
    Jul 2, 2009
    8
    Funny and profound autobiographical film about/by French New Wave filmmaker, Agnes Varda. It will give you a strong sense of a fine creative Funny and profound autobiographical film about/by French New Wave filmmaker, Agnes Varda. It will give you a strong sense of a fine creative visual artist. I enjoyed this film immensely. Expand
  3. lancek
    Mar 17, 2010
    8
    A warm, touching document about a life of artistic perspective. Very good if you are looking for that kind of thing... not a tight doc out to A warm, touching document about a life of artistic perspective. Very good if you are looking for that kind of thing... not a tight doc out to prove a point, but a bath in both trivial and important ideas and observations presented in a charming and nostalgic manner. Inspiring for anyone who paints or photographs or loves Europe or European art. Expand
  4. KR
    Mar 14, 2010
    8
    Amazing! Agnes takes you on an incredible journey...you yearn for more. She paints beauty beyond visual...deepening ones heart to the Amazing! Agnes takes you on an incredible journey...you yearn for more. She paints beauty beyond visual...deepening ones heart to the subtleties of life. Highly recommended. Expand

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