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The Gleaners and I

Les glaneurs et la glaneuse

Directed by Agnès Varda
France, 2000


Varda’s rumination on this art of “living off the leftovers of others” finds inspiration in both past and present, rural and urban, the political and the highly personal. Camera in hand, Varda interviews those for whom gleaning is a way of life, or an encompassing philosophy.

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Agnès Varda, always one to break new ground, puts together what is, simply put, one of the greatest documentaries of all time—one that benefits greatly from her own presence and personality—her nonstop filming, her constant hunt for raw material.

The Gleaners and I Directed by Agnès Varda
There is a poetry to these films, and they provide a sense of sustenance and succor in increasingly uncertain times.
December 28, 2018
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A fleeting object that resists one preferable meaning or interpretation. Appreciated from a perspective of sixteen years, it now seems to fit perfectly in the moment of its making, but still feels as fresh, original, and full of optimism as it used to be when it was first released.
November 28, 2016
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Ironically, all the diversions make a better bid for gleaning in the modern age than most documentaries that make this demand their raison d’être, as the film calmly suggests that gleaning is the default state of human life, which makes any attempt to impede it an unnatural disruption.
December 26, 2015
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