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.


MUR MURS
1980, Cine-Tamaris, 81 min, France/USA, Dir: Agnès Varda

Essential viewing for all Angelenos, MUR MURS is Varda’s lively tribute to this city’s outdoor murals, from "Pig Paradise" in Vernon to "The Fall of Icarus" in Venice. Along the way, she captures priceless interviews with the muralists themselves, including 23-year-old Judy Baca, who observes, “I started painting because I realized… that I had never seen a Chicana in a museum.”


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