Single mother Émilie (played by Varda's editor, Sabine Mamou) and her son Martin (played by Varda’s real-life son Mathieu Demy) are struggling to make ends meet in Los Angeles. Life in their rented apartment brings challenges alongside moments of joy: Émilie works as a secretary for a film star but struggles as a newly single woman in a foreign city. Varda infuses Documenteur with the authenticity of a woman who has known heartbreak but has not fallen prey to self-pity. Émilie is down but far from broken and watching her interpret the city offers a refreshingly rare onscreen heroine, and a fascinating take on life in the ‘City of Angels’.
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