Agnès Varda: Life is Art ACMI Presents

The Beaches of Agnès

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“A great, loving, uplifting film. ★★★★”

Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times

On the eve of her 80th birthday, Agnès Varda delighted cinema fans with her heartfelt and playful autobiographical documentary. Varda’s memories ebb and flow through beaches both real and imagined, drawing viewers into a history that prizes the everyday and the extraordinary, and seamlessly interweaves the personal and the public.

For Varda, life and art are one and the same. “To love cinema is to love Jacques Demy, painting, family and puzzles and again, to love Jacques Demy, for a long time, until the end,” says Varda. It’s this memory of her late husband and artistic inspiration that infuses The Beaches of Agnès with such a deep emotional core.

Loves, triumphs, struggles, friendships, films and people are all filtered through Varda’s gentle, ironic gaze to craft a film that Manohla Dargis (New York Times) describes as, “A remarkable history, rich in comedy and occasionally heartbreaking, filled with wise reflections and strange digressions about the wonders of life.”