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Faces Places (2017)

Visages, villages (original title)
Director Agnes Varda and photographer/muralist J.R. journey through rural France and form an unlikely friendship.

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Director Agnes Varda and photographer/muralist J.R. journey through rural France and form an unlikely friendship.

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$31,006, 8 October 2017, Limited Release

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$556,643, 10 December 2017
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Eyes Can't Lie
23 October 2017 | by See all my reviews

Street art is only as expressive as the subjects it contains. JR has a healthy awareness of the personality encapsulated in great works. He has outfitted a van into a mobile gigantic printer. The goal is to infiltrate a town and capture subjects that are already present in the space.

Agnes has been capturing glimpses of realism for her entire career. Her films have a tangible breath to them, and her stout charm entrances JR. An aging woman who releases bits of her fleeting vision each new morning, Agnes is dying to see all the cracks of the countryside one last time.

JR plays the role of a backseat guide as the two traverse lands that have constructed Agnes' art. Seeing these monuments for the first time allows him to paste outsider perspectives on the ancient surfaces. Segmented photographs sprawl about brick and mortar, tapping into haunted beauties.

Each mural is an homage to a way of life foreigner to the two travelers. Every brushstroke lands with trepidation as JR frets over the responsibility behind reinterpreting history. The faces that occupy these places are not bashful with their opinions, and sometimes the team fails.

The stories told with singular images tap into tears and laughter. Some natives are confused, others are speechless. The insatiable desire to plaster appropriate images bring an already cozy couple into a tightly weaved nest. Artists from different worlds collide when they need each other the most.


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