Saturday, July 18, 2009

The Beaches of Agnes

Go to see The Beaches of Agnes if you can.

It's a collage of autobiographical reflections - tender, playful & alert - & at 81, Varda is still brimming with creative energy. I have to admit I haven't seen much of her work, but I did see The Gleaners & I, which was released in 2001. In that film she looks at gleaning both in a literal & historical sense - whether a search for leftover grain in harvested fields, or for scraps of food on city streets - and as a way of valuing & paying tribute to the apparently trivial or overlooked crumbs of experience around us.
Seeing The Beaches, I was reminded that I really ought to see of much of her work as I can. I'll start with Cleo From 5 to 7