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, Agnes Varda. The aesthetic, political and moral ... See full summary »
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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, Agnes Varda. The aesthetic, political and moral point of departure for Varda are gleaners, those individuals who pick at already-reaped fields for the odd potato, the leftover turnip. Written by
I am not as familiar with documentaries as I should be. I know they are important, but I've always been more intrigued by narrative films. The Gleaners and I, as a documentary is an informative blurb of the past and present of Gleaners. The problem I had with The Gleaners and I is the output of lifeless topic. There was nothing drew me into the topic of Gleaners, nor do I think I completely think I understand Gleaners from the documentary.
The documentary utilizes the space of Gleaners extraordinarily well. The farm-spaces are explained and shot in detail, but the surprising aspect of the Gleaners and I was the use of location and space outside of plantation areas. The documentary takes us out of our space from into deeper parts of towns and the city. The space that's shown to us is dry, brittle, and deserted, which reflects the harsh topic at hand.
The filmmakers have a good sense for putting black and white real-footage on top of voice-over explanation. Too bad the topic is dull enough to put the most energized person in a comatose state. The message I took away from The Gleaners and I is that veggies are the key to life. I could've checked Gwyneth Paltrow's goop website for that fact, I didn't need to sit through an 80 minute documentary.
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