Largely composed of personal visits with Louise Bourgeois at her home in France, Brigitte Cornand’s documentary is a video-verité portrait of an artist who remains vitally productive at age 93. Whisper is fairly light on Bourgeois’s career and history, except when such details emerge organically from discussions with the outspoken woman. Cornand’s camera runs through long, unbroken shots as Bourgeois sorts through new and old drawings, explicates the idiomatic mythologies represented in her works, and sings old French songs. The film cops a home-movie vibe to convey the gentle awe engendered by an art world elder’s aura.
This article from the Village Voice Archive was posted on September 21, 2004