JE T'AIME MOI NON PLUS
1976, Kino Lorber, 89 min, France, Dir: Serge Gainsbourg

Cult icon Serge Gainsbourg wrote, directed and scored this tale of doomed love between a lonely truck stop waitress (Jane Birkin) and a hunky garbage truck driver (Joe Dallesandro), whose boyfriend (Hugues Quester) becomes increasingly jealous of the two. With a memorable cameo by Gérard Depardieu.


KUNG-FU MASTER!
LE PETIT AMOUR
1988, Cinelicious Pics, 80 min, France, Dir: Agnès Varda

Nope, French New Wave pioneer Agnès Varda hasn’t come up with a martial arts flick; instead, this is a thought-provoking, poetic and occasionally humorous tale of forbidden love. Jane Birkin stars as Mary-Jane, a divorced mother of two drawn to a 14-year-old schoolmate of her daughter (played by Birkin’s real-life daughter, Charlotte Gainsbourg). Varda’s real-life son, Mathieu Demy, plays the boy, graduating from video games (the inspiration for the film’s title) to the complexities of an adult relationship. In French with English subtitles.


JANE B. FOR AGNÈS V.
1988, Cinelicious Pics, 97 min, France, Dir: Agnès Varda

Jane Birkin started as an actress during London’s Swinging ’60s, sang duets with Serge Gainsbourg (whom she married), earned plaudits for humanitarian work … and is the subject of this delightful imaginary biopic. Birkin and director Varda are longtime friends, and this film emerges as a portrait of two talented artists who have challenged limitations placed on women in culture and society. In French with English subtitles.


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