Faces, Places & Dignified Conversation

Thanks to Kurt Anderson for bringing this to our attention with this conversation (you need to listen to the interview to have a jolting recollection of dignified conversation, which hopefully serves as a perfect preview for the film), blurbed on Studio 360’s landing page at Slate under the title Sugar Mouth with this simple sentence:

Artists Agnès Varda and JR were born 55 years apart but have a lot in common—and they made a lovely film, Faces Places.

The PRI landing page for this episode is more informative, showing the host with the guests as well as plenty of relevant links and images:


The new movie, “Faces Places,” documents the loving — albeit unexpected — friendship of Agnès Varda, 89, and JR, 34: She’s a filmmaker and a founding member of the French New Wave, while he is a French artist known for plastering huge black-and-white photographs on the sides of buildings around the world.

Not long ago, they hit the road for a tour of the French countryside, creating a series of public art projects everywhere they stopped.

“We really thought we could put together our two ways of looking at people,” says Varda. “In my documentaries, I give big importance to the people I meet, try to give them opportunities to express themselves, to be bigger than life, you know.”

“We’re both big curious people” says JR. “But something really important that many people don’t know: We love chouquettes and chocolate eclairs.”

“Well,” says Varda. “He’s what we call a ‘sugar mouth.’”


Listen to the whole story here, where the great links are.


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