The Gleaners And I | France 2000

The Gleaners And I is an intimate, picaresque inquiry into French life, as lived by the country’s poor and its provident, as well as by the film’s own director, Agnès Varda.


The aesthetic, political and finally moral point of departure for Varda are gleaners, those individuals who pick at already-reaped fields for the odd potato, the leftover turnip, and in previous generations were immortalized by the likes of Millet and Van Gogh. Her investigation leads us from forgotten corners of the French countryside to off-hours at the green markets of Paris.

The Gleaners And I | Trailer

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The Gleaners And I
France | 2000
82 min
Director: Agnès Varda
Production: Ciné Tamaris

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