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The Gleaners and I

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Director: Agnès Varda Run Time: 82 min. Release Year: 2000 Language: French

Starring: Agnès Varda, Bodan Litnanski, François Wertheimer

An 1867 painting by Jean-Francois Millet inspired septuagenarian documentarian Agnes Varda to cross the French countryside to videotape people who scavenge. Taking everything from surplus in the fields, to rubbish in trashcans, to oysters washed up after a storm, the “gleaners” range from those sadly in need to those hoping to recreate the community activity of centuries past, and still others who use whatever they find to cobble together a rough art. Highlighted by Varda’s amusing narration.

“In its frames, we see [Varda’s] empathy, skill, curiosity, wit, poetry and passion for life: everything she has gleaned from a lifetime of love and movies.” ~ Michael Wilmington, Chicago Tribune

Sight & Sound Rank #67

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