The Gleaners and I

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The Gleaners and I takes a compassionate look at a rarely considered subculture whose individualism resonates powerfully with director Agnès Varda's humanistic approach.



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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.

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Critic Reviews for The Gleaners and I

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Audience Reviews for The Gleaners and I

  • Sep 14, 2018
    Agnès Varda is a filmmaker who is always fascinated by the tiniest things she encounters, and it is just as fascinating for us to see what a comprehensive documentary this is, full of details about the gleaners and also herself, and yet perfectly-edited together into a beautiful whole.
    Carlos M Super Reviewer
  • Jan 09, 2012
    Agnes Varda brings forward a very interesting documentary on the tradition of gleaning or picking up discarded food that wasn't brought by farmers to food distributors. It is a practice that is practical in terms of supplementing the food sources for the working poor and a good lesson in how to avoid waste.
    John B Super Reviewer
  • Jun 27, 2011
    French rambling shaggy-dog documentary about a) people who collect what others have left or dumped, and b) Agnes Varda, the filmmaker. Best watched if, as I was, you're equally happy spending time with both. <img src="">
    Lesley N Super Reviewer
  • Jul 05, 2010
    a lovely documentary/road movie on the theme of recycling society's castoffs. director varda travels france examining the lifestyle, from the ancient custom of gleaning the fields after harvest to modern 'freegans' and artists using salvaged junk. fascinating characters, not least the filmmaker herself, who sees her art as gleaning images from everyday life
    Stella D Super Reviewer

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