Cleo from 5 to 7 and Le Bonheur among highlights of Agnès Varda retrospective

  • The List
  • 12 May 2010
Cleo from 5 to 7 and Le Bonheur among highlights of Agnès Varda retrospective

Le Bonheur

French New Wave filmmaking goddess Varda is honoured in both cities this fortnight with comprehensive retrospectives of her feature and documentary work. Highlights include a new digitally restored print of her blinding 1962 exercise in cinema truth Cleo from 5 to 7, her amazing 1965 dissection of marriage, fidelity and family Le Bonheur, vagrant road movie Vagabond starring the young and fearless Sandrine Bonnaire, plus masterful documentaries The Gleaners and I and Beaches of Agnes. Ticket deals available, you are going to need them.

GFT, Glasgow from Sun 16 May-Tue 8 Jun. Filmhouse, Edinburgh from Fri 21-Sun 6 Jun.

The Beaches of Agnes

  • 4 stars
  • 2008
  • France
  • 1h 52min
  • 18
  • Directed by: Agnès Varda
  • Written by: Agnès Varda
  • Cast: Agnès Varda

This idiosyncratic cinematic self-portrait of the Belgian-born octogenarian film-maker Agnes Varda is suffused by its feminist creator's playfully eccentric spirit, and heads off in all sorts of unexpected directions. Varda 'walks backwards' through her life, narrating and drawing on clips from her own films and staging…

Cleo from 5 to 7

  • 4 stars
  • 1962
  • Italy / France
  • 1h 30min
  • PG
  • Directed by: Agnès Varda
  • Cast: Corinne Marchand, Antoine Bourseiller, Dominique Davray, Dorothée Blanc, Michel Legrand

Digital restoration of Varda's second feature which follows French chanteuse Cleo (Marchand) in real time as she wanders around Paris before she gets the results of a medical test.

Le Bonheur (Happiness)

  • 4 stars
  • 1965
  • France
  • 1h 25min
  • 15
  • Directed by: Agnes Varda
  • Cast: Jean-Claude Drouot, Marie-France Boyer

Varda's third feature explores the myth of romance and the misogynistic underside of the 1960s French family, with the happily married Francois (Drouot) entering into adulterous relations with Emilie (Boyer).