Labeled as the ‘very first representative film of French Nouvelle Vague,’ La Pointe Courte puts on the record important turning points of French cinema in the late 50s by combining the elements of elaborate narrative structure, stylized innovations, experimentation on points of view, incorporation of neorealistic atmosphere and modernized subjectivity. A couple in danger of splitting up visits the man’s hometown nearby La Pointe Courte. Happenings at the village and the internal conflicts of a couple are depicted in a parallel manner. The couple is able to rediscover one another during the process and eventually reunite. By compounding two kinds of chronicles, one about the personal story of a couple and the other about communal life in the country, La Pointe Courte is able to reveal the offensive nature that’s lurking behind what seemed to be warm and tranquil life. The style of the film is almost romantic and essay-like, yet it is realism-based as it naturally systematizes the film’s discourse and intellectual imagery in a careful manner. As many critics have noted, the film showcases a unique experimental style. (Joo You-Shin)
Agnès VARDAAgnès VARDA
Born in Ixelles, Brussels on May 30, 1928 and died on March 29, 2019.
VARDA was an extraordinary artist who pioneered modern cinema through installation arts, photography, live action films, and documentaries. As the mother of the Nouvelle Vague, she is also known as a pioneer of female films not only in France but throughout the world. As an expressive feminist, VARDA is famous for her critical essays on documentary-like reality and her interests on everyday life, photography, and arts.