Uncle Yanco ★★★½

I love Agnes Varda's penchant for impatience. Rather than settle for being a document about finding her long-lost Uncle Yanco, Varda throws dozens of ideas into this twenty minute short. She comments on the facile, fabricated nature of documentaries, on talking-head soundbites, on capitalism and the struggle to escape it in America, on portraits of artists, on friendship and the construction of non-traditional families, on genealogy. So much comes at me that it's impossible to process it all in one viewing. Its density attracts me, makes me want to watch again and again to gather all the pieces I've missed.

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