DVD Review | Two Documentaries from the Cinema Guild
The two films could not be more different, and yet they are alike in one very important aspect - they are unique in their interpretation of what a documentary is.
Pedro Costa's sublime and mysterious Ne Change Rien (2010) is less a documentary than it is an impressionistic portrait of an artist. Costa introduces us to the enigmatic French chanteuse, Jeanne Balibar, an actress turned singer whose music provides the backbone of the film. You'll find no talking heads or even interviews here, Costa simply allows his cameras to observe her creative process.
|Jeanne Balibar in Pedro Costa's NE CHANGE RIEN.|
The DVD extras include some deleted scenes featuring more of Balibar's exquisite music. The End of a Love Affair, a short film by Costa, which is little more than a man staring at a window for eight minutes, is regrettably mystifying, and not in a good way.
After years of living on Rue Daguerre in Paris' 14th arrondissement, Varda sent out to pay tribute to the street she called home. Its influence had been felt in many of her films up until that point, as she drew inspiration and locations from its quaint shops and quainter residents, infusing her art with the familiar textures and feelings of home.
The resulting film is a loving tribute to the people who made Varda's life what it is, to the shop owners whose stores she frequented, to the faces she saw on the streets every day. It's a remarkable reflection by an artist on the root of her art, of the minutiae that has turned her into the artist she is today.
|Two shopkeepers from Rue Daguerre in Agnes Varda's DAGUERRÉOTYPES.|
NE CHANGE RIEN - ★★★ (out of four)
DAGUERRÉOTYPES - ★★★½ (out of four)
Ne Change Rien and Daguerréotypes will both be released on DVD from the Cinema Guild on Tuesday, August 30.