The Beaches of Agnès ★★★

Paraphrasing Robert Christgau (talking about another favorite artist of mine, John Darnielle) — is she less curious about herself than she is about other people, or is it just that she’s not telling?

Plenty of beautiful and witty new images, but few new insights. But in fairness, the one scene in which Varda’s guard appears to be completely down — flowers for all of her dead loved ones — is so devastating and sad that if the rest of the film came even close to its despair it would be nearly impossible to watch.