Varda’s son Mathieu Demy stars alongside Jane Birkin and Charlotte Gainsbourg in this tender look inside a mother-daughter-boy love triangle of sorts. Lucy (Gainsbourg) and Julien (Demy), 14-year-old schoolmates, have a kind of on-again, off-again relationship—tentative, at times cruel, at times sweet; in short, a teenage romance. But when Julien takes a liking to Lucy’s mother Mary-Jane (Birkin) and the 40-something mother of two tentatively reciprocates, the three are thrown into turmoil. Beautifully understated, and featuring gorgeous visuals and searing performances from the three leads, Kung-Fu Master is an underappreciated work in Varda’s substantial filmography.
2k digital restoration from the original 35mm negative completed at Eclair Labs, supervised by Agnés Varda, with support from the Centre National du Cinéma et de l’Image Animee (CNC), Paris.