Sunday, July 19, 2009

Netflix It: The Gleaners and I

Released in 2000, Agnès Varda's The Gleaners and I explores the practice of gleaning (going through a field after a harvest to pick up what's left behind). We meet gleaners in the traditional sense of the word, as well as their urban counterparts who glean from dumpsters and the rejected produce at open air vegetable markets. Varda also talks to artists who work with found materials, and draws a parallel between traditional gleaners and her work as an artist, gleaning images from here and there. The film was extraordinarily well received.

The DVD also includes The Gleaners and I: Two Years Later, which follows up on the people featured in the original film, as well as showing a bit of the public reaction to the film. Both films are so short that watching both still gets you in at under two and a half hours.
First few minutes of The Gleaners and I (the subtitles are in Spanish, so you'd do better to simply rent the film—this is just a taste):

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