BAMPFA Collection Print
Jean-Claude Drouot, Sandrine Drouot, Olivier Drouot, Marie-France Boyer,
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In this strikingly colorful, lyrical film, Agnès 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. Without moralizing or providing psychological explanation, Varda’s depiction raises the essentially philosophical question, Is this happiness?