The Beaches of Agnès

Directed by Agnès Varda
112 minutes
Unclassified 15+
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On the eve of her 80th birthday, Varda delighted fans with an inventive cinematic memoir. Loves, struggles, triumphs and films are all filtered through her gentle, ironic gaze.

In this vibrant documentary, Varda's thoughts ebb and flow through beaches both real and imagined; seamlessly interweaving her history, inspirations and quotidian observations. Much of the film's deep emotional core rests in memories of her late husband Jacques Demy and their love story, which Varda recalls with heartrending honesty. Premiering at the 2008 Venice Film Festival, The Beaches of Agnès garnered universal critical acclaim and numerous accolades, including the César for Best Documentary at the 2008 French national film awards. The New York Times described it as, 'A remarkable history, rich in comedy and occasionally heartbreaking, filled with wise reflections and strange digressions about the wonders of life.'

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A great, loving, uplifting film. ★★★★
Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times
For filmgoers determined to see cinema not just as mass entertainment but as an art form, 'The Beaches of Agnès' arrives like an exhilarating call to arms.
Ann Hornaday, Washington Post


Sun 16 June
Dendy Opera Quays Cinema 2
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Viva Varda, French Films
Original Title
Les Plages d'Agnès
Unclassified 15+
In French and English with English subtitles
Agnès Varda
Agnès Varda
Agnès Varda
Alain Sakot, Hélène Louvart, Arlène Nelson, Julia Fabry, Jean-Baptiste Morin, Agnès Varda
Agnès Varda, Baptiste Filloux, Jean-Baptiste Morin
Documentary, Women Directors, Biography, Retrospective
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World Sales: MK2 Films
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