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924 Ratings

Faces Places

Visages, villages

Directed by JR, Agnès Varda
France, 2017


Faces Places sees iconic director Agnès Varda forging an unexpected collaboration with photographer JR as they embark on a road trip like no other. They set out in JR’s photo booth truck, exploring the villages of rural France to take portraits of their residents, enlarged into gigantic murals!

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Faces Places Directed by JR, Agnès Varda

Awards & Festivals

Cannes Film Festival

2017 | Out of Competition

Academy Awards

2018 | Nominee: Best Documentary Feature

Independent Spirit Awards

2018 | Winner: Best Documentary

A wonderful exercise in memory and merriment, in instinct and improvisation.
September 25, 2018
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A picture of [Varda’s] friend, the photographer Guy Bourdin (1928-91), she had taken in 1954, is glued by JR’s assistants on the side of a WWII blockhouse incongruously fallen on the beach from a cliff. Bourdin’s image is placed in such a way that he seems to be “rocking” at the bottom of the blockhouse. “When you think of the dead, you want to cradle them,” says Varda.
March 21, 2018
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Like the worst social-practice art—the innumerable critiques of which seem not to have reached Varda and JR—these ameliorative excursions seek to inject creativity and happiness into the lives of those less fortunate.
March 16, 2018
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What are people saying?

  • El Biffo's rating of the film Faces Places

    In a way this is sort of a sequel to Mur Murs. But more than that, it's a Buddy Film. Varda's body of work is formidable, very impressive, but no one film is really a masterpiece. She herself is the masterpiece, adorable, lovable, unassuming and continuing to make great films even after her announced "retirement".

  • Lights in the Dusk's rating of the film Faces Places

    AV's humanism wins out over JR's calculated art-stunt posturing. Parts I liked best seemed to connect to Varda's earlier work & its celebration of the working classes. However the film has no consistent theme or narrative, incorporating meta-discourse on images, objectification, photography as history & encroachment of old age & death. It coasts on Varda's infectious personality, but betrays its most compelling idea.

  • letters never sent's rating of the film Faces Places

    I love you forever Agnes Varda. This reminded me of a lot of your other films, perhaps particularly Daguerreotypes, but with a more playful and humourous take. The chemistry with JR is wonderful, and his work with his crew was amazing. It broke my heart that JLG made you cry, but it wasn't totally surprising. I suppose you know him well enough to still forgive him.

  • Loz Loory's rating of the film Faces Places

    Lovely and refreshing. So great to see these two very different artists collaborating together. Beautiful moments that reveal Varda's mastery of visual images and storytelling. Heartbreakingly beautiful scene at the end with Varda's eyes flying off to see parts of the world she's never visited. Am so glad that Varda is still making art, as she brings intelligence, humor, and compassion to all her projects. Brava!

  • Jason's rating of the film Faces Places

    I watched FACES PLACES last night. I cried a little. I just looked at the trailer. I cried a little again. Do you think I am an embarrassingly simple person? I don't care what you think. This is a generously simple film. Its openness, humility, and warmth strike me as positively heroic right now. I pity congenitally miserable people. They will find no footing here. I love Agnès, you love Agnès, who don't love Agnès?

  • HenriqueA's rating of the film Faces Places

    The most effortless joyous of piece of filmmaking I've ever witnessed. If this is Nouvelle Vague's swam song, it is going away peacefully and with its mission accomplished. I don't care much about this JR dude, but he was perfect for this kind of road/buddy movie.

  • josé neves's rating of the film Faces Places

    Bad editing, terrible utilization of a terrible music. Varda continues to capitalize on the spectator's willingness and tenderness, but that Jr is someone very unnerving in his pose as a popular social space artist. And his narcissism overcomes any possible tenderness. Godard stays out of this team play, hélàs pour nous.

  • msmichel's rating of the film Faces Places

    Wonderful collaboration between Varda and JR that finds art in everyday life out in the villages in the faces of strangers. Joyfully light hearted at times but with a serious side underlying concerning aging, mortality, creation and legacy. The relationship between the 89 yr old Varda and the 33 yr old JR is quite moving in its own way with each finding a kindred soul or muse to influence their own creations.

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