Apparently I'm enough of an egotist not to be bothered by the supposed egoism of others‚"either that, or it isn't here. I thoroughly enjoyed Varda's wonderfully playful, artistic, impressionistic, and deeply humane approach to this subject matter‚"including the ‚self-portrait‚? aspects wherein she rec...read moreognizes that all art has an element of self-portrait to it, and attempts to ‚glean‚? the gleaner Agnes, along with the more traditional gleaners she documents. For the gleaner in all of us, there are innumerable little unexpected treats dropped for us to pick up in this ‚documentary.‚? First off, as viewers we need to drop our preconceived notions of what a ‚documentary‚? is, and like gleaners and scavengers ourselves, humbly accept the leftovers and cast-offs that cross our path. If you have a resourceful scavenging spirit, this film will definitely speak to you‚"as it clearly spoke to so many who have seen it, evidenced in the hour-long follow-up piece which not only revisits some of the subjects of the original film, but displays the outpouring of cards, letters, gifts, and gratitude of viewers who were deeply touched by the film. Gleaners and I deals with some ‚heavy issues‚? like poverty, homelessness, alcoholism‚"but it is neither a ‚heavy‚? film, nor is it frivolous and disrespectful towards it's subjects, which range from street people, gypsies and caravaners, traditional rural gleaners, and urban dumpster divers, to ‚found-object‚? artists, and a myriad of other scavengers from most social strata. What stood out most to me was how intimate, natural, and relaxed was the glimpse I was given of all the people in this film. Don't expect a 60 Minutes approach‚"thank goodness! This is a work of art‚"which just so happens to have an amazing amount to say, or rather show, about the world around us. Bon App√ (C)tit!