Agnes Varda’s first feature film kicked off the French New Wave and is a stunning experimental piece, interweaving reality and fiction within a fishing community in the Occitanic region of South France.
A young man and his wife wander around his hometown, considering the fragile state of their relationship and whether it can survive. He has been unfaithful, and she’s unsure about the concept of love itself.
The community of the village Sète feature in Varda’s debut, performing as themselves – a young man takes part in aquatic jousting to win a young woman’s heart, fishermen struggle with the restrictions put on their work as a lagoon has declared contaminated by the authorities.
La Pointe Courte is beautifully shot and is an insight into many interests that would develop and evolve over Varda’s catalogue of films. In her own words, the film explores two themes “the first being a couple reconsidering their relationship and a village that is trying to resolve several collective problems of survival.”