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Film Info
  • Year: 2000
  • Film Format: 35mm
  • Origin: France
  • Aspect Ratio: 1:1.66
  • Runtime: 82 mins
  • Color
  • Language: French
  • Subtitles: English

Voted Best Documentary of 2001 by the National Society of Film Critics

Agnès Varda, Grande Dame of the French New Wave, made 2000's most acclaimed non-fiction film-a self-described "wandering-road documentary." Beginning with the famous Jean-François Millet painting of women gathering wheat left over from a harvest, she focuses her ever-seeking eye on gleaners: those who scour already-reaped fields for the odd potato or turnip. Her investigation leads us from forgotten corners of the French countryside to off-hours at the green markets of Paris, following those who insist on finding a use for that which society has cast off, whether out of necessity or activism. Varda's own ruminations on her life as a filmmaker (a gleaner of sorts) give her a connection to her subjects that creates a touching human portrait that the L.A. Weekly deemed "a protest film that's part social critique, part travelogue, but always an unsentimental celebration of human resilience."

The DVD of THE GLEANERS AND I also features Varda's 60-minute follow-up film THE GLEANERS AND I: TWO YEARS LATER (2002), which revisits the characters and issues of the original, and explores the many emotional and creative responses elicited by this one-of-a-kind film.

In 2016 THE GLEANERS AND I was voted one of the 100 Greatest Films of the 21st Century.

Agnès Varda

The Grande Dame of the French New Wave, Agnès Varda has been making films for more than 40 years. Best known for CLÈO FROM 5 TO 7 and VAGABOND, she recently made the most acclaimed film of her career in THE GLEANERS AND I. She has also devoted much of the past decade to celebrating the legacy of her husband Jacques Demy. She also completed the restoration of Demy’s classic film, THE UMBRELLAS OF CHERBOURG.

Written, Directed and Narrated by Agnès Varda

Cinematography by Stéphane Krausz, Didier Rouget, Didier Doussin, Pascal Sautelet and Agnès Varda
Music by Joanna Bruzdowicz
Edited by Agnès Varda and Laurent Pineau
Sound by Emmanuel Soland and Nathalie Vida

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