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  • Documenteur

    ★★★

  • Faces Places

    ★★★

  • 7p., cuis., s. de b., … à saisir

  • Portrait of a Lady on Fire

    ★★★★★

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  • Portrait of a Lady on Fire

    Portrait of a Lady on Fire

    ★★★★★

    Without a doubt, Portrait of a Lady on Fire is Céline Sciamma’s masterpiece, her most refined, artistic and controlled narrative piece exploring profound themes, but this time from the perspective of adults. With her other films, there is this breathing room, a space that allows the actors, the children, to exist outside of the confines of film and to simply live in the moment, but with Portrait, everything is precise, carefully calculated, and expertly executed; there is nothing left to…

  • Petite Maman

    Petite Maman

    ★★★★★

    A minimalist delight about the power of saying goodbye, Petite Maman sees Céline Sciamma return to familiarity with a child protagonist, and proves, yet again, her ability to capture the inherent complexity at the heart of simplicity. As familiar as it feels, Sciamma is branching off into a new direction, taking what she has done before, and reshaping it into something fresh, something magical. The child perspective is key to her work, but here, she embraces the mysticism and fantasy…

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  • Documenteur

    Documenteur

    ★★★

    Film as poem. This is not a narrative piece in the traditional sense, but rather an exploration of the internal world of our protagonist, and of people in general. Agnès Varda confesses her obsession with faces, with capturing them, filming them, documenting them, remembering them. Documenteur is the world through her eyes, our protagonist a stand in for her. People are complex beings, they cannot even begin to be understood.

    An emotion picture, as the subtitle tells us; this is…

  • Faces Places

    Faces Places

    ★★★

    Though not her final film, Faces Places (Visages, Villages) feels like Agnès Varda is saying goodbye. There is a melancholy that permeates the familiar Varda joy and liveliness, and themes of ageing, death and goodbyes find themselves at the centre. The concept is one which is not new for Varda; travelling to places, meeting people, and documenting their lives, even just a fraction of it. Here, it feels more constructed in ways that don’t always work, and I am not overwhelmingly…

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  • If Anything Happens I Love You

    If Anything Happens I Love You

    ★★★

    1950 does not fit into this at all... it really ruined the vibe for me. That’s... not what that song is about. I thought Spotify had started playing the song independently, that’s how much it stuck out and felt out of place. 

    Of course, it’s hard hitting and emotionally overwhelming, but that’s mostly just the subject matter and not really the way it’s been told. The animation style lends itself to the subject matter, in that it looks as though it was drawn on a school notebook. I’m sad but this wasn’t that great.

  • Pray Away

    Pray Away

    ★★½

    With an inherently upsetting and painful subject matter at its centre, Pray Away does not need to do much to evoke an emotional response in its audience. There is a transcendent resonance in the magnitude of the self-hate, the internalised homophobia & transphobia, the religious indoctrination, and the shame. It is overpowering.

    Structurally the film is confused, with several protagonists, the flow between each person’s story affects the pacing. The pieces of the puzzle do not easily fit together, so to…