In 2000 Agnes Varda travelled the France countryside and the markets of Paris to the study the lives of a collection of foragers and scavengers called The Gleaners. This remarkable collection of people insist of making use of materials that the public have so easily discarded. Varda admits to being a gleaner of sorts herself, which gives this honest and intriguing documentary a very special connection.
Watch with your bohemian hat on
- The Gleaners and I review by JD
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It is imperative to see this through the eyes of an alternative, indie or artistic film viewer. Seen in any other way it is amateur even shoddy. If the genre is embraced however it is a refreshing perspective on a subculture who would otherwise be seen as lowly. I felt completely different about "bag ladies" and tramps after watching this and even a little humbled by the last character studied.