Helena Cruz

In the last minutes of Les Plages d’Agnès, a film by Agnés Varda (2008), when talking about her children and grandchildren, Varda says: “But I don’t know if I know them. Or understand them. I just go towards them.” By explaining, in the beginning, the theory behind mood-dependence, FAMILIAR ENCOUNTER explores a way of connecting to past memories. Theorized, this connection is nonvisual and personal, residing only in each one of us in different ways. Speaking in the first person, a character enters itself through a mirror, realizing he is about to go deeper into his current feeling: nostalgia. This acceptance is elevated through Big Noble’s sound, which becomes stronger and more atmospheric, so that in the end it reveals, with some relief, a landscape.