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Directed by Agnès Varda

France 2000 82 mins. In French with English subtitles

One of Varda’s most unforgettable films about people on the margins of society (a specialty), The Gleaners & I follows a handful of gleaners, otherwise known as the people who hunt for discarded or overlooked food and items. Through her tracking of the various forms of recycling that regularly occur in Paris and its surrounding areas, Varda also joins in the fun, revealing herself to be the “gleaneress.” An unusual film about unusual people, this groundbreaking work is notable for its consumer-digital aesthetic and unbounded love for its subjects—including a stray lens cap made famous by a throwaway shot, which Varda unsurprisingly transforms into pure poetry.

Genres: Documentary



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