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Directed by Agnès Varda

France 1991 118 mins. In French with English subtitles

An almost unbearably moving tribute to and portrait of Varda’s beloved husband Jacques Demy, made while he was dying from AIDS-related illnesses and finished only 10 days before his death, Jacquot de Nantes traces Demy’s life from childhood, through his artistic flourish, to the end of his life. Growing up in the coastal city of Nantes, Demy had his innocence spoiled by World War II (like many French youths of the period), but found solace in his father’s business as an auto mechanic and the puppet shows that would travel the country. Oscillating between recreations of Demy’s youth and peeks into his late existence as a dying man, Jacquot de Nantes is one of cinema’s most heart-rending tributes to love and life—an unforgettable film.

Genres: Drama

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