Reflecting Life As A Beach
Uses the mirrors to introduce her crew and assistants, and to focus the camera on herself, reflected from various angles as she positions and repositions each glass so that it delivers an image that is at once thought provoking and surreally beautiful. With her own poetic and impressionistic voice over narration, Varda speaks about what the sea means to her and the role that ‘plages’ have played throughout her life.
The Mature and Consummate Artist
Varda is now 80 and, although she refers to herself as ‘une petite vieille' (‘a little old lady‘), she is still a cinema titan. Her creative energy and will are huge. She is the consummate artist, constantly inventing new forms of expression, new ways of handling montage.
A Monumental CareerDuring her long and prolific career, Varda shared her creative life with Jacques Demy , who was also her husband, and with other cinematic greats such as French New Wave artists Jean-Luc Godard, François Truffaut, Éric Rohmer, Claude Chabrol and Alain Resnais, as well as Jane Birkin, Catherine Deneuve, Gerard Depardieu, Philippe Noiret, Robert De Niro and Harrison Ford, and a wide range of other notables, including the Black Panthers and Viva, the Andy Warhol icon. All appear in the archival footage and movie clips that Varda incorporates in to this poetic, moving and inspiring documentary.
Varda's Unique Perspective And Voice
Stylistically, Varda is still invoking signature ways of pushing forth a film’s narrative arc through symbolic imaging, such as walking in reverse to indicate that she’s going back in time and sailing a small boat from the rural simplicity of Sete to the cultural hub of Paris as an allegory of her career’s evolution and artistic maturation.
Varda, the consummate artist, constantly invents new forms of expression, new methods of montage. If you love cinema, you must see this film.