FilmScene in the Park Thu, Oct 14 7:00 PM
Series Info
Series:FilmScene in the Park
Film Info
Rating:Not Rated
Director:Agnès Varda
Year Released:2000
Production Country:France


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"Urgent, graceful, accessible and at times openly cheerful -- it takes a big bite out of life." —Stephanie Zacharek,

"Charged with the pleasure of discovery."—Kevin Thomas, Los Angeles Times

Agnès Varda’s extraordinary late-career renaissance began with this wonderfully idiosyncratic, self-reflexive documentary in which the ever-curious French cinema icon explores the little-known world of modern-day gleaners: those living on the margins who survive by foraging for that which society throws away. Embracing the intimacy and freedom of digital filmmaking, Varda posits herself as a kind of gleaner of images and ideas, one whose generous, expansive vision makes room for ruminations on everything from aging to the birth of cinema to the beauty of heart-shaped potatoes. By turns playful, philosophical, and subtly political, The Gleaners and I is a warmly human reflection on the contradictions of our consumerist world from an artist who, like her subjects, finds unexpected richness where few think to look.