A film by Agnès Varda
Voted one of the 100 Greatest Films of the 21st Century, The Gleaners and I is 50% off on our webstore for a limited time.
Voted Best Documentary of 2001 by the National Society of Film Critics
Agnès Varda, Grande Dame of the French New Wave, has made 2001'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."
As a special bonus, the DVD also features Varda's 60-minute follow-up film THE GLEANERS AND I: TWO YEARS LATER, 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.
DVD Special Features
- The exclusive follow-up film by Agnès Varda "THE GLEANERS AND I - TWO YEARS LATER"
- Production notes by Agnes Varda
- A complete Varda filmography
- Liner notes by New York Times film critic A.O. Scott
- Optional English subtitles for both films
- Optimal image quality: RSDL dual-layer disc
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