The Gleaners & I (2000)
"Les glaneurs et la glaneuse" (original title)

Your rating:
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
Ratings: 7.6/10 from 3,384 users   Metascore: 83/100
Reviews: 32 user | 48 critic | 20 from

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 »



0Check in

Watch Now

$0.00 with Prime Video

14 wins & 3 nominations. See more awards »
Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7/10 X  

Agnes Varda returns to the people she met in her 2000 documentary on gleaning and meets some new people who were inspired by her first film.

Director: Agnès Varda
Stars: Bodan Litnanski, Macha Makeïeff, Agnès Varda
Documentary | Biography
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.9/10 X  

Agnès Varda explores her memories, mostly chronologically, with photographs, film clips, interviews, reenactments, and droll, playful contemporary scenes of her narrating her story.

Director: Agnès Varda
Stars: Agnès Varda, André Lubrano, Blaise Fournier
Vagabond (1985)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  

In winter in the south of France, a young woman is found frozen in a ditch. She's unkempt, a vagabond. Through flashbacks and brief interviews, we trace her final weeks as she camps alone ... See full summary »

Director: Agnès Varda
Stars: Sandrine Bonnaire, Macha Méril, Stéphane Freiss
Comedy | Drama | Music
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8/10 X  

Two hours from 17:00 to 19:00h on the longest day of the year in the life of a young Parisienne is presented. Florence Victoire, who is better known by her stage name Cléo Victoire (as in ... See full summary »

Director: Agnès Varda
Stars: Corinne Marchand, Antoine Bourseiller, Dominique Davray
Le Bonheur (1965)
Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  

Francois is a young carpenter married with Therese. They have two little children. All goes well, life is beautiful, the sun shines and the birds sing. One day, Francois meets Emilie, they ... See full summary »

Director: Agnès Varda
Stars: Jean-Claude Drouot, Claire Drouot, Olivier Drouot
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  

Real-life individuals discuss topics on society, happiness in the working class among others and with those testimonies the filmmakers create fictional moments based on their interviews. ... See full summary »

Directors: Edgar Morin, Jean Rouch
Stars: Angelo, Nadine Ballot, Régis Debray
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  

There are two parts to this film: sequences of life in the fishing village of La Pointe Courte (a government inspector's visit, the death of a child) alternate with others following a ... See full summary »

Director: Agnès Varda
Stars: Philippe Noiret, Silvia Monfort
Sans Soleil (1983)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.2/10 X  

"He wrote me...." A woman narrates the thoughts of a world traveler, meditations on time and memory expressed in words and images from places as far-flung as Japan, Guinea-Bissau, Iceland, ... See full summary »

Director: Chris Marker
Stars: Florence Delay, Arielle Dombasle, Riyoko Ikeda
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  
Director: Agnès Varda
Documentary | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  

In Chile's Atacama Desert, astronomers peer deep into the cosmos in search for answers concerning the origins of life. Nearby, a group of women sift through the sand searching for body ... See full summary »

Director: Patricio Guzmán
Stars: Gaspar Galaz, Lautaro Núñez, Luís Henríquez
The Gleaners (2015)
Documentary | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  

A coming-of-age story about a filmmaker and his family as they struggle to adapt to both a changing world and a traditional one. Can the filmmaker's family accept that he is more interested... See full summary »

Director: Ye Zuyi
Stars: Ye Lian Ying, Ye Shi Qiu, Ye Zuyi
Documentary | Short
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  
Director: Agnès Varda
Stars: Agnès Varda


Credited cast:
Bodan Litnanski ...
François Wertheimer ...


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 Anonymous

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis




See all certifications »




Release Date:

7 July 2000 (France)  »

Also Known As:

Die Sammler und die Sammlerin  »

Filming Locations:


Box Office

Opening Weekend:

$12,655 (USA) (9 March 2001)


$149,834 (USA) (13 July 2001)

Company Credits

Production Co:

Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs



Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
See  »

Did You Know?


Followed by The Gleaners and I: Two Years Later (2002) See more »


Composed by Pierre Barbaud
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

There will be those who will see only junk, and those who will see "a cluster of possibilities"
13 September 2007 | by (USA) – See all my reviews

To glean is to see something beautiful or useful in something that is conventionally useless, pointless or ugly, and to make that thing even more beautiful or useful. One can consume the stuff they glean, or they could recycle it into an art form, creating a whole new purpose for the object(s). Gleaning also applies to our basic ability for survival. In the worst times of our lives, whether it's the death of a friend or facing poverty or illness, there is a way of seeing things positively that helps us survive. Thus, faith and hope are gleaned in the face of disparity. Scientists glean facts and turn them into theory. We glean possibilities every time we use our imaginations. We glean memories when we write (James Joyce was probably the world's greatest literary gleaner). And psychiatrists pay attention to what others don't notice by gleaning beneath the stubborn surface of our egos. This film blew me away in how it depicted how much waste our society makes, and the myriad of ways in which those who glean what we discard benefit society. But the film is even more than a fascinating documentary and social statement. As one can see from the concepts listed above, it's also a celebration of seeing our world and ourselves as a "cluster of possibilities." There are many theories that we are all in essence stardust developed from fragments of 'the big bang' and quintessentially, this film is about "gleaners of stardust." It pertains to those who metaphorically glean the hidden mysteries and possibilities of our world (i.e. the gleaners of dreams and ideas). Come to think of it, film lovers and the best filmmakers are in fact, gleaners by that very definition. Agnes Varda has proved that she is one of the greatest gleaners of all time.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Recent Posts
Painful to watch mykro
What do you glean? montanamommy
No posts!? bffbcoolgirl
Where can I watch this movie? ratm_6
Why do people object to the 'I' part of the 'Gleaners and I' wayne-83
Discuss The Gleaners & I (2000) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page