Vague Visages on Varda’s 88th: ‘Le Bonheur’ (Agnès Varda, 1965)

Cléo from 5 to 7, arguably Agnès Varda’s most famous work, concludes with an almost ambivalent air about it, leaving viewers grasping for a resolution and answers that they’re ultimately going to have to work out for themselves. Just a couple of years later, one of Varda’s earliest moves into colour cinema, Le Bonheur (or Happiness), became the source of an even more confounding conclusion and tone. The great director celebrates her 88th birthday this week, and over 50 years on, this particular film’s wrestling with the notions of happiness and love still proves more stimulating than myriad works that deal with transgressive ideas concerning relationships in a more explicit, openly provocative fashion…

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