At 89, Agnès Varda is, along with Jean-Luc Godard, the wise elder remnant of the path-breaking French New Wave, and a specialist in crafting fascinating, open-eyed studies of people living eccentric lives on society’s fringes. “It is the people who have no official place in society who need to be listened to,” she has said, and here, in collaboration with the wildly popular young French street artist JR, she combines footage of the process of creating large-scale photographic images of marginalized people—a goat-herder, a waitress, a postman, the wives of dockworkers—with stories of how she came into contact with them. The tone of Faces Places is delightfully improvisational and whimsical; the growing friendship between JR and Varda, two artists separated by five decades, is charming; and the fearless Varda allows the melancholy, in the meditations on those she has lost or outlived, flow, too.—Larry Gross, Telluride Film Festival. In French with English subtitles. Rated PG. 89 minutes.
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