FACES PLACES – Review by Loren King

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Belgian-born filmmaker Agnes Varda, 89, who made her first film (the exquisite La Pointe Courte) in 1955, is the heart of Faces Places, a journey through France’s small towns and, ultimately, into the soul of cinema itself.

Nominated for the Best Documentary Oscar, which it lost to Icarus, the film is a whimsical, but not trivial, road movie starring its co-directors, Varda and a 30-something street artist who goes by the name of JR. He specializes in large-scale portraits, which he plasters on outdoor structures to create personal environments. Continue reading…

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Loren King

Loren King's features and film reviews appear regularly in the Boston Globe, Boston Spirit magazine and the Provincetown Banner. She writes Scene Here, a localfilm column, in the Boston Sunday Globe. A member of the Boston Society of Film Critics since 2002, she served as its president for five years.