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The Gleaners and I(Les Glaneurs et la Glaneuse)

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France · 2000
1h 22m
Director Agnès Varda
Starring Bodan Litnanski, Agnès Varda, François Wertheimer
Genre Documentary

Varda focuses her eye on gleaners: those who scour already-reaped fields for the odd potato or turnip. From forgotten corners of the French countryside to off-hours at the green markets of Paris, she follows those who insist on finding a use for that which society has cast off, whether out of necessity or activism.

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The New York Times by Dana Stevens

She (Varda) plucks images and stories from the world around her, finding beauty and nourishment in lives and activities the world prefers to ignore.


TV Guide Magazine by Ken Fox

It's a humbling way of life, and one that, as Varda discovers in this wonderful, 80-minute essay, has survived in surprising ways.


Chicago Sun-Times by Roger Ebert

The story of herself (Varda), a woman whose life has consisted of moving through the world with the tools of her trade, finding what is worth treasuring.

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