January 2017_by Luisa Pagani
Nouvell Vague means "new wave", a movement that has been really important in the French cinema and in cinema's world in general in the sixties. The personal point of view of the director and his/hers direction style is the real protagonist of the film.
A cinema with a little crew and a light equipment, with young actors in real contexts, create with a low budget.
Agnes Varda has directed Cleo from 5 to 7 (1962), a movie where the main character spends two hours waiting for the doctor's response about the diagnosis of a suspected cancer. A succession of the events that leads to an end that often (in Nouvelle Vague period) remains open. The screenplay of the movie was almost absent and it often changed during the production.
The observation of Agnes Varda goes gently to read the minds of the protagonists, leaving the viewer with the possibility of having their own vision, through the director's point of view. In order to emphasize certain moments of the movie, the direction style of Varda becomes a succession of quick shots to have the possibility to take 360-degree view of the scene.
After Cleo from 5 to 7 during the sixties Varda directed also Le Bonheur (1965), Les Creatures (1966), and other films that fulfilled the Nouvelle Vague Period. In the 80's and 90's with movies like Sans toit ni loi (1985), a history in which the dream of freedom is in contrast with the feeling of loneliness, the director remarks her style of direction, instantly recognizable.
After being a protagonist of a kind of cinema that has influenced and still influences the world of cinema, in recent years Varda directed also short films, like Les 3 boutons in the Miu Miu women's tale in 2015, in which she shows a different way to create a story. Her personal style, with which the director has made its filmography, constitutes an increasingly strong source of inspiration for all generations.