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BAMPFA Collection Print
Jean-Claude Drouot, Sandrine Drouot, Olivier Drouot, Marie-France Boyer,
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In this strikingly colorful, lyrical film, Varda contemplates happiness. François, a carpenter, is happy with his wife; he is happier still when he takes a mistress. For him it is not a question of loving one or the other; he loves both, and wants them to share a life together. This triangular relationship is examined within a circular structure. The film begins and ends with blissful family picnics—only the women have changed. These pastoral scenes, filmed in soft focus and muted colors, are evocative of Renoir’s paintings. The allusion to Impressionism seems deliberate, for the film quietly criticizes François’s personal absorption. In his pursuit of happiness, he doesn’t look beyond his own needs and desires, and never imagines that there may be a cost for living for the moment. Without moralizing or providing psychological explanation, Varda’s depiction raises the essentially philosophical question, Is this happiness?
- Agnès Varda
- Jean Rabier
- Claude Beausoleil
- with English subtitles
- 85 mins
- Janus Films
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Agnès Varda: cinécriture (flyer), Pacific Film Archive, 2009
Varda from '54 to '92 (program note), Cinematheque Ontario/a division of Toronto International Film Festival Group, Susan Oxtoby, 1999
Agnès Varda's special light (article), Los Angeles Times, Kevin Thomas, 1997
Agnes Varda filmographie (booklet), France. Ministère des Affaires Étrangères, Bernard Bastide, 1994
Dossier : Agnès Varda, une réalisatrice française (article), Visuelles des Femmes et Des Images, 1980
Two classics of the French New Wave (review), Daily Californian (Berkeley, Calif.), Cynthia Garratt, 1974
Happiness to heartbreak : Varda to May (review), Audience, Cleve Canham, 1973
Le bonheur (distributor materials), Janus Films, 1973
French cinema since 1946, v.2 -- excerpt (book excerpt), Zwemmer, Roy Armes, 1970
Le bonheur (program note), Baruch College Community Film Festival, 1970
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