The Gleaners And I

“I’ve never in my entire career felt that people have loved a film of mine as much as this one.” Agnes Varda

An 1867 painting by Jean-Francois Millet inspired Agnes Varda to cross the French countryside to videotape people who scavenge. Taking everything from surplus in the fields, to rubbish in trashcans, to oysters washed up after a storm, the “gleaners” range from those sadly in need to those hoping to recreate the community activity of centuries past, and still others who use whatever they find to cobble together a rough art. Highlighted by Varda’s amusing narration. A deeply personal and compassionate film Agnès reveals dimensions of herself which came to be the signatures of her documentaries.


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