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Faces Places: A Journey Through Rural France

"Faces Places" is an exploration of rural France through the eyes of an unlikely duo, offering a unique look at the beauty found in everyday people and places.

Keywords: rural France, art, culture, community, Agnès Varda, JR, documentary


The documentary "Faces Places", directed by Agnès Varda and JR was released in 2017. It offers a captivating exploration of rural France through the eyes of an unlikely friendship. In our fast-paced world, this film offers a refreshing look at the simple, yet profound beauty found in everyday people and places.


"Faces Places" follows the journey of acclaimed director Agnes Varda and celebrated photographer/muralist J.R. as they travel through rural France. Along the way, they form an unlikely friendship, creating large-scale portraits of locals and placing them on buildings and structures.

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This documentary employs an observational style, allowing viewers to experience the journey alongside Varda and J.R. Their in-depth exploration of rural France is both visually stunning and emotionally moving, shedding light on the unique stories of ordinary people.

Historical and Factual Context

The film offers a glimpse into the lives of rural French residents, a demographic often overlooked in mainstream media. This focus provides a rich understanding of the cultural context of rural France.

Key themes in the film

  • The beauty of everyday life and ordinary people
  • The power of art to transform and connect
  • The value of unlikely friendships

Film Comparisons

Unlike most travelogues, "Faces Places" focuses less on the landscape and more on the people, similar to other documentaries on iWonder, yet its unique use of large-scale portraiture sets it apart.

Noteworthy Moments

The transformation of ordinary buildings into art installations using the portraits of locals was a defining moment, demonstrating the transformative power of art.


The film was well-received by critics and audiences alike, earning a score of 7.8 on IMDB and an Oscar nomination.


"Faces Places" offers a heartwarming and thought-provoking exploration of rural France. It's a must-watch for anyone interested in the intersection of art, culture, and community.

More film information:


  • IMDB score: 7.8
  • Nominated for 1 Oscar.
  • 36 wins & 41 nominations total



  • Agnès Varda: Acclaimed film director
  • JR: Celebrated photographer and muralist



  • Various rural towns and villages across France

Key questions raised by the film:

  1. How does art transform the perception of ordinary people and places?
  2. What role does friendship play in the creative process?

I wonder what the film would be in another art form

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  1. A famous book, it would be "To Kill a Mockingbird" - both highlight the beauty and depth in ordinary people and places.
  2. A famous song, it would be "Imagine" by John Lennon - both promote connection and unity.
  3. A famous piece of art, it would be Van Gogh's "Starry Night" - both display the beauty of everyday life.
  4. A famous celebrity, it would be Meryl Streep - like the film, she has an ability to transform and adapt, bringing depth to every role.
  5. A colour, it would be blue - representing the depth of emotion and serenity found in the film.
  6. A music style, it would be folk - both the film and this genre highlight the stories and experiences of everyday people.