Faces/Places, April 6-8

If you are looking for a genuine international adventure with a true female star at its center, look no further than the Oscar-nominated documentary Faces/Places. Focusing on the unlikely camaraderie between octogenarian film director Agnès Varda and a 30-something photographer named J.R., this charming Gallic road trip real-life dramedy follows the offbeat pair as they tour around France taking photos, discovering distinctive personal stories, and swapping life experiences. Varda, one of the legendary directors from the French New Wave, remains a vital and insightful life force, and her interchanges with the younger artist delve into fascinating questions of humanity, history and art.

Also in April: The Insult, Lebanese courtroom and media drama, April 13-15; Furlough, a road-trip comedy starring Tessa Thompson and Melissa Leo, April 20-22; and a countdown of AFI’s Top 100 films of all time, every Saturday at 10 a.m., starting April 7 with No. 100, Ben Hur. The other films this month are Yankee Doodle Dandy, April 14; Blade Runner (1982 version), April 21, and Do The Right Thing, April 28. Theatren.com.

Mark Fields
Mark Fields has reviewed films for Out & About since October 2008. In addition, he has written O&A profiles of documentarian Harry Shearer and actress Aubrey Plaza. Mark also has written on the movies for several publications in Pennsylvania, Michigan, and his home state of Indiana, where he also served as on-air movie critic for Indianapolis’s public radio station. Mark has been an adjunct instructor of film history at Rowan University since 1998. A career arts administrator, he is the executive director of Wilmington’s Grand Opera House and now lives on Market Street. Mark spent the fastest 22 minutes of his life as an unsuccessful contestant on Jeopardy…sadly, there were no movie questions.