The Gleaners and I Reviews

March 10, 2003
The Gleaners and I shows Varda in full flower, ever reaping what she has sown.
September 26, 2002
[A] lyrically ramshackle essay about people, including Varda herself, who don't fit into society's cubbyholes.
February 21, 2002
The Gleaners and I is a film well worth finding.
December 17, 2001
Charged with the pleasure of discovery.
August 2, 2001
The Gleaners and I is an exceptional, accomplished documentary that serves as a striking example of 'found cinema.'
June 27, 2001
For the most part, Varda's home movie is a simple and sweet thing.
June 11, 2001
Varda's subject matter is surprisingly rich, but it's her own energetic, curious nature that gives the film its snap.
May 12, 2001
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.
May 12, 2001
[The] characters are defined by dawdle and drift as much as Varda is in The Gleaners and I, catching life on the fly -- and implicitly inviting us to do the same.
May 11, 2001
And in what appears to be a documentary [Varda] conceals a tender meditation about her own life, and life itself.
April 4, 2001
A superb example of the genre of the self-expressive documentary.
April 4, 2001
The film is studded with found metaphors and serendipitous insights.
April 4, 2001
Urgent, graceful, accessible and at times openly cheerful -- it takes a big bite out of life.
May 1, 2000