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With her mother institutionalized, KIki is raised by her grandmother, where left to her own devices, she takes refuge in school. Her life before 30 is a far cry from fairy-tale. Sex and alcohol are her only outlets and her daily reality. She goes through men one after another. But at 30, Kiki faces the hardest challenge of all: learning to love herself.
The Beaches of Agnès is a sort of self-portrait documentary of Agnès Varda; here the now 80-year-old director documents her life and works. Traveling against the current of time in a sense, Agnès Varda walks backwards along the beach. She says that she is reminded of ‘beaches’ when she opens herself up. Starting from the Belgian beach that reminds her of her childhood, Agnès seeks out the beaches that became important moments in her life. The itinerary connects Brussels, Paris, Cuba, China, and Los Angeles, as if trying to re-carve letters on the beach that have been erased by sea waves. Photographs, scenes from Varda’s films, and old materials from libraries and art galleries are rearranged. They give us moments, memories, imaginings and daydreams that are the stuff of the layers of her life. They also provide the historical background that influenced her life and help explain her world and her interrelating films that are part of this world. The Beaches of Agnès does not stop at being a simple autobiography by a chattering ‘oldtime artist’. Rather it provides us with extensive ways in which she gives visual form to her memories. The colorful visual devices, such as diverse images, splits, objects, newly-made sets and costumes, merge with words of wisdom coming from someone who has led a rich life. These make The Beaches of Agnès a humorous and lyrical documentary. The viewers will fall in love with her as they share the ideas and the playful spirit which flow from the film. (KWON Eun-sun)
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.