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THE GLEANERS AND I

THE GLEANERS AND I

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THE GLEANERS AND I

  • Directed by Agnès Varda
  • Starring François Wertheimer, Agnès Varda, Bodan Litnanski
  • 2000 | 80mins | France | rated (PG)

An 1867 painting by Jean-Francois Millet inspired septuagenarian documentarian 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.