89-year old Agnes Varda, one of the leading figures of the French New Wave, and acclaimed 33 year-old French photographer and muralist JR teamed up to co-direct this enchanting documentary/road movie.
Kindred spirits, Varda and JR share a lifelong passion for images and how they are created, displayed and shared. Together they travel around the villages of France in JR’s photo truck meeting locals, learning their stories and producing epic-size portraits of them. The photos are prominently displayed on houses, barns, storefronts and trains revealing the humanity in their subjects, and themselves. Faces Places documents these heart-warming encounters as well as the unlikely, tender friendship they formed along the way.
Chicago Reader/Jonathan Rosenbaum
This delightful, digressive, breezy collaboration, staged to look more spontaneous than it possibly could be, celebrates and enhances both artists, repeatedly finding the extraordinary in the ordinary.
Washington Post/Anne Hornaday
"Faces Places" is a film of sheer joy, its exuberance surpassed only by its tenderness and purity of purpose.
Globe and Mail/Kate Taylor
This rich cross-generational exchange speaks to the persistence of French cinematic culture -- Varda's relationship with the pioneering filmmaker Jean-Luc Godard is a recurring theme -- while the doc itself is a delight, subtle, touching and entertaining.
New Yorker/Richard Brody
Anecdote and history converge wondrously and insightfully in this playful yet painstaking collaboration between the octogenarian director Agnès Varda and the thirty something photographer and muralist JR.
NY Times/A.O Scott
The film works just fine as an anthology of amiable encounters and improvised collaborations. But it's a lot more than that.
Boston Globe/Ty Burr
Anyone who can't enjoy this wise and soulful film has to consider whether they've given up on the movies, and on life.