Jane B. Par Agnès V.
When Varda met Birkin their lives were in a similar orbit, as artists and mothers of teenage children. Birkin expressed trepidation about her upcoming 40th birthday and Varda responded by proposing to film her portrait as a gift to commemorate the milestone year. Uninterested in crafting the usual bio-pic full of famous faces and historical pictures, Varda opted to view Birkin through her various roles, from Jeanne d'Arc to Calamity Jane. By exploring Birkin's life through a sideways glance at her filmography, Varda also illuminates her own life. The resulting film is unlike any other biography – unpredictable, insightful and deeply personal; a charming exploration of femininity and identity from one of cinema's most curious and playful directors.
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