The Gleaners and I
The Gleaners and I (2001)

Both a diary and a kind of extended essay on poverty, thrift and the curious place of scavenging in French history and culture--a documentary capturing the world of French gleaners who collect and make use of what others have discarded.

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Rated: Unrated
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Release Date: April 6, 2001
DVD Release Date: July 23, 2002
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Critic Score: 92% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Peter Rainer
New York Magazine/Vulture

[A] lyrically ramshackle essay about people, including Varda herself, who don't fit into society's cubbyholes.

Liam Lacey
Globe and Mail

For the most part, Varda's home movie is a simple and sweet thing.

Josh Larsen

...minor Varda, in a way, but it's also a moving summation of her life's work.

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Chris Vognar
Dallas Morning News

The Gleaners and I is a film well worth finding.

Edward Guthmann
San Francisco Chronicle

Varda's subject matter is surprisingly rich, but it's her own energetic, curious nature that gives the film its snap.

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Jeffrey Overstreet

Varda is, herself, a gleaner. Her eyes are her tools, and her camera is her basket. Insatiably curious, she seeks, finds, redeems. ... When we pay attention, attention pays.

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Kevin Thomas
Los Angeles Times

Charged with the pleasure of discovery.

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Michael Wilmington
Chicago Tribune

In its frames, we see [Varda's] empathy, skill, curiosity, wit, poetry and passion for life: everything she has gleaned from a lifetime of love and movies.

Jeffrey Chen
ReelTalk Movie Reviews

A tribute to all the people who think outside the box.

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Stella Dallas
a lovely documentary/road movie on the theme of recycling society's castoffs. director varda travels france examining the lifestyle, from the ancient… More
Lesley N
French rambling shaggy-dog documentary about a) people who collect what others have left or dumped, and b) Agnes Varda, the filmmaker. Best watched if, as I… More
Eric Broome
This lovely, whimsical documentary is director Agnes Varda's tribute to the quaint practice of "gleaning" -- sifting through others'… More
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John Ballantine
Agnes Varda brings forward a very interesting documentary on the tradition of gleaning or picking up discarded food that wasn't brought by farmers to food… More
Patrick Dolan
This film is incredibly fasinating. It's amazing to find out about a culture of refuse pickers in France, it really makes you think about what you throw… More

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