Second in The Criterion Channel's Shorts for Days: Women Auteurs Collection.
So far as I can recall, this was the first work of Agnès Varda that I've seen. Her eclectic uncle Yanco is charismatic and fun to visit, but there's something kind of flat about the doc overall. I had the feeling when it was over that if it had been a full length feature, I likely wouldn't retain anything more than what I would retain from this 20 minute version.
Yanco has no agenda or objective that he's trying to complete. His niece's agenda and objective was to find and meet him. Since the short opens with her arriving at his houseboat, there's no sense of this being a payoff for whatever investigation she had to conduct to locate him. The relaxed nature of the short is part of its charm, of course, but it's hard to find much to really care about here.