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Les glaneurs et la glaneuse (2000)

Not Rated | | Documentary | 7 July 2000 (France)
Varda films and interviews gleaners in France in all forms, from those picking fields after the harvest to those scouring the dumpsters of Paris.

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Agnès Varda

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Bodan Litnanski Bodan Litnanski ... Himself
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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 Anonymous

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France

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French

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7 July 2000 (France) See more »

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Die Sammler und die Sammlerin See more »

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Opening Weekend USA:

$12,655, 11 March 2001, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$149,834, 15 July 2001
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Ciné Tamaris See more »
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1.33 : 1
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The Gleaners and I
21 October 2010 | by kindigthSee all my reviews

The Gleaners and I is odd in that it hardly feels like a proper film at all: it's shot on visibly cheap MiniDV, its editing is consistently unpolished, and it delights in crossing the line from personal to indulgent in excess. It's obvious that these are all deliberate choices; the question is, would we care if it didn't have the name Agnès Varda on it?

Ultimately, the film's amateurish style is somewhat deceptive: Varda demonstrates her talent for finding significance in the mundane, and strikes a number of compelling parallels in her examination of scavenger culture. The film does tend to coast on Varda's legendary new wave status at times, particularly as we linger on interviews and segments only tenuously related to the film's subject, but it's interesting as an example of a living legend embracing her medium's democratization: for all the good and bad it implies, she blends in seamlessly with the millions of talented people who own camcorders. -TK 10/21/10


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