The Gleaners and I (2001)
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Both a diary and a kind of extended essay on poverty, thrift and the curious place of scavenging in French history and culture--a documentary capturing the world of French gleaners who collect and make use of what others have discarded.
Apr 6, 2001 Limited
Jul 23, 2002
Zeitgeist Films - Official Site
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[A] lyrically ramshackle essay about people, including Varda herself, who don't fit into society's cubbyholes.
Varda's subject matter is surprisingly rich, but it's her own energetic, curious nature that gives the film its snap.
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.
Varda is, herself, a gleaner. Her eyes are her tools, and her camera is her basket. Insatiably curious, she seeks, finds, redeems. ... When we pay attention, attention pays.
strings together observations about psychotherapy, freeway traffic and the origins of cinema while opening our eyes to a subculture few of us ever think about.
A pleasure to watch - part documentary, part personal essay, part unguided tour. It's a chance to understand ourselves differently by seeing the things we choose not to use.
The Gleaners and I shows Varda in full flower, ever reaping what she has sown.
However rudimentary her thesis on the subject is, Varda is able to explore her interest, pass it on to the viewer and still give them something to learn about.
A bewitching documentary that mischievously fuses the past with the present, the rich with the poor, the idle with workaholic
Varda draws a neat parallel between the collective urge and her own career in filmmaking.
Agnes Varda finds that one man's trash is literally another man's treasure in her highly personal The Gleaners and I.
The Gleaners and I is an exceptional, accomplished documentary that serves as a striking example of 'found cinema.'
It not only informs and educates, it enlightens, and does all this with supreme enchantment and poetry.
[I]t not only informs and educates, it enlightens, and does all this with a supreme enchantment and poetry.
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