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AGNÈS VARDA: LA POINTE COURTE

Director: AGNES VARDA

86 mins, France, 1955, Subtitled, Black and White


This film screened 8th September 2018.

This film is F-Rated. Find out more here.

Having worked extensively as a photographer, Varda had no previous filmmaking experience when, at age 25, she embarked upon her début feature. A precursor to the New Wave with its naturalism, use of location shooting and non-professional actors, it was, at the time, unconventional in French cinema.

Set in the titular Mediterranean fishing village, the film chronicles the complex relationship of a young married couple, played by Philippe Noiret and Sylvia Monfort. A native of the area, the man tries to understand his Paris-born wife’s feelings of dissatisfaction and isolation. Anticipating the attitudes and style that would become prevalent in the New Wave, the film remains fresh and original.

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