The Gleaners & I

The Gleaners & I

France | 2000 | 82 minutes | Agnès Varda

January 18, 2020

The Restless Curiosity of Agnès Varda

Voted the eighth best documentary of all time in a recent Sight & Sound critics poll, Agnès Varda's 2000 film turns her camera on a series of urban and suburban gleaners, people who gather food, objects, and other items that would otherwise go to waste.

Casting herself as a gleaner of images in her approach to the making of the film, Varda's sympathies for a subculture that is in opposition to the rampant consumerist impulses of the dominant society are made plain in what is perhaps her best-loved documentary.

"As climate change becomes undeniable and inevitable, The Gleaners & I feels more relevant than ever."—Lauren Elkin, The Paris Review

  • Director: Agnès Varda
  • Principal Cast: François Wertheimer, Agnès Varda, Bodan Litnanski
  • Country: France
  • Year: 2000
  • Running Time: 82 minutes
  • Screenplay: Agnès Varda
  • Language: French
  • Has Subtitles: Yes