If you read Alix Mengin’s article, you will certainly want to discover the Montparnasse cemetery. After having walked through its many divisions, you may need a little break in the shade of a tree. I have my own habits there and at the end of each of my visits dedicated to the director Agnès Varda, I like to sit on the little bench next to her grave and that of her husband Jacques Demy.
The filmmaker herself installed this bench here a few years ago to watch over her husband, “the most beloved of all the dead.” The grave seems to come straight out of a fairy tale and even though I regularly pass by it, it is never the same as its admirers like to decorate it in their own way. There are pine cones, dried flowers, bottled sand (Agnès Varda loved beaches) and many potatoes, often in the shape of hearts, her favorites. Passed away in 2019, the director was a lover of this neighborhood and this cemetery. Their grave is next to the Moulin de la Charité, the last of the village of Montrouge, part of which was attached to Paris in 1860 to become the 14th arrondissement. Don’t hesitate to come with a small present that will contribute to brighten up the grave and will delight the future visitors of the place.