Faces Places ★★★★

The most underrated art today is art that brings innocent joy. And that is so strange to me seeing as we all create and consume art because there’s some satisfaction in the process. But now that the leftfield and the edgy and controversial have become the norm, appreciating art and imagination simply as a source of joy and means for us as human beings to connect in meaningful ways is sort of uncommon and less spotlighted. And perhaps because of that, this film seems to shine extra bright. It’s refreshing and actually RADICAL. Delighting people across the French countryside with simple black and white images of themselves and their relatives is not shocking or groundbreaking or even super artsy. But it’s meaningful and powerful and joyful in its simplicity. And that is truly my favorite kind of art: true and radically joyful.