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Agnès Varda, Grande Dame of the French New Wave, has made 2001's most acclaimed non-fiction film-a self-described "wandering-road documentary." Beginning with the famous Jean-François Millet painting of women gathering wheat left over from a harvest, she focuses her ever-seeking eye on gleaners: those who scour already-reaped fields for the odd potato or turnip. Her investigation leads us from forgotten corners of the French countryside to off-hours at the green markets of Paris, following those who insist on finding a use for that which society has cast off, whether out of necessity or activism. Varda's own ruminations on her life as a filmmaker (a gleaner of sorts) give her a connection to her subjects that creates a touching human portrait that the L.A. Weekly deemed "a protest film that's part social critique, part travelogue, but always an unsentimental celebration of human resilience." This Edition features the 60-minute follow-up film GLEANERS: TWO YEARS LATER.
I've used this film in an environmental/sustainable literature class just to provide a visual reference for my students to compare with the assigned texts. Read morePublished 4 months ago by P. Herron
This movie is enjoyable for individual entertainment and education, but I used clips in class with high school students when we were discussing recycling. Read morePublished 18 months ago by translator
Agnes Varda's riff on the idea of gleaning is imaginative and reportorial at the same time. Showed this dvd at a "Ciné Club" meeting at the Sacramento, CA Alliance... Read morePublished 21 months ago by Jane T
I ordered this DVD from Australia, and asked it to be sent to an address in Australia, so obviously needed a DVD that can play in Australia - yet when I went to recently play... Read morePublished on July 11, 2012 by Louise
A painter would be attracted to a color and do anything for that color he had to passed death even.
Gleaning is much the same really. You have to develop a skill. Read more
It's very difficult to create a whimsical and joyful tone without crossing the line into sappy or hokey. I would say this extends into many other art forms besides doc film. Read morePublished on December 19, 2010 by WaterSheep