We see Hollywood films as we like to find ourselves surprised. We see French Cinema, as we comprehend we savor the feeling of being inspired. C’est la ‘Nouvelle Vague’, and its unexpectedness has lead us to mediums we would have never imagine film could point our minds to.
A uniquely debut to the story though, candidly leaving one clueless as to what the purpose of this film is, begins leaving us only with the experience of laughter and empathy at what an exposed figure projected on an 18th century painting has to say. An elegant, delicate figure laying down in a deluxe and luminous red sofa is what you first see in Agnes Varda’s prolific film, and Jane Birkin, the muse, who shows and tells; recounts us times of liquor, barf, and the overall beauty of turning thirty.
The imaginary biopic ‘Jane B par Agnes V’ tells not only the unrealistic ideas of film director Agnes Varda's short stories, but of Jane Birkin’s life adventures. The wildly transparent set of dramatic scenes that act out their happiness, fears and captivating sense of humor.
With a bit of a mix of Jane’s true persona and ‘behind of scenes’ scenario, we look at it through the eyes of this marginal director whose main audience circles around the cinephiles. Varda’s sense of perception on art, culture and escape makes this biopic be certainly a different kind of canvas, the kind you’d like to get to know more of if your world revolves around craftsmanship.
“Agnes didn’t want to put what was going on in people’s minds,” said Birkin in front of all of us cinema lovers during a lovely Sunday evening at The Lincon Center, “It was more of me portraying herself entirely throughout the film – that, which I liked.”
As Agnes plunges through from one painting to the other; she imagines, discovers, and jots down ideas; eventually creating them as her own set of delusions. The ones we get to see through her own set of lenses where Dali and religious Belgian art randomly appear in an unimaginable way.
“I assure you, if she was here in New York now, she’d go straight to the museums,” said Birkin, “she not only knows art, but is completely fascinated about it.” The more Birkin spoke throughout the evening, the more we believed how rare Agnes’ world truly was, and how it was overall exciting to us all to be able to experience a bit of Agnes' intimacy with her own muse, the rare English flower - Jane Birkin.