Faces Places

Posted on March 29, 2018

JR and Agnès Varda traveled the French countryside to meet local residents and produce giant photographic portraits of them. Although they are separated in age by more than half a century, Varda and JR both revel in the power of images and in documenting the lives of everyday people. Their movie, FACES PLACES was nominated for an Academy Award for best documentary 2018.

This is the first Academy Award nomination for Agnès Varda. Earlier this awards season she received an Honorary Award :"To Agnès Varda, whose compassion and curiosity inform a uniquely personal cinema."

FACES PLACES received widespread acclaim from critics. Amy Taubin of Film Comment called the film an "unassuming masterpiece", describing it as "both personal and populist, a celebration of artisanal production (including cinema), worker solidarity, and the photographic arts in the face of mortality."

On Rotten Tomatoes, the film has an approval rating of 99% based on 91 reviews, with an average rating of 8.9/10. The website's critical consensus reads, "Equal parts breezily charming and poignantly powerful, Faces Places is a unique cross-generational portrait of life in rural France from the great Agnès Varda."On Metacritic, the film has a weighted average score of 95 out of 100, based on 19 critics, indicating "universal acclaim".

FACES PLACES has received: L'Oeil D'Or of the Best Documentary Cannes Festival 2017 Independent Spirit Award for Best Documentary Feature National Society of Film Critics Award for Best Non-Fiction Film New York Film Critics Circle Award for Best Non-Fiction Film

FACES PLACES is now on display on iTunes.