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5.0 out of 5 stars creativity = spirituality, December 19, 2010
This review is from: The Gleaners and I (DVD)
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. And Varda does so brillantly.

Whenever you are involved in making art it sharpens your senses and makes you so much more aware of the beauty surrounding you. Get into photography and boy do you notice more about the world around you. Write a screenplay and you pay so much more attention to the things people say and do, discovering so many interesting things in the process.

I think that's a big part of this film - the heightened awareness of the world and its many little pleasures and wonders that being a filmmaker can bring you. I was at a print making workshop the other week. The teacher said "oh we artists keep everyhing". Another big theme is the challenge that seeing the beauty and possibility of things brings - figuring out what to hold onto and what to let go.

I once heard an author who writes about creativity being asked to define the difference between spirituality and creativity. She refused to do so, saying there was none in her eyes. I suspect Varda would probably feel the same way.
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