- Rated: Not Rated
- Run Time: 1 hours, 22 minutes
- Video: Color
- Released: July 23, 2002
- Originally Released: 2001
- Label: Zeitgeist Films
- Encoding: Region 1 (USA & Canada)
- Packaging: Keep Case
- Single Side - Single Layer
- Aspect Ratio: Full Frame - 1.33
- Additional Release Material:
- Documentary: THE GLEANERS AND I: TWO YEARS LATER
- Interactive Features:
- Optional English Subtitles
- Text/Photo Galleries:
- Production Notes
- Filmographies: Agnes Varda
Performers, Cast and Crew:
Entertainment Weekly - 03/23/2001
"...[A] liberating, personal documentary assemblage....GLEANERS feels delightfully organic, eccentrically rambling, the found artistic collage of a woman who herself loves to collect..."
Film Comment - 03/01/2001
"...Varda takes GLEANERS beyond the existential demands of scavenging to make the case for it as fun. She's rational, childlike, historical, certainly art-historical, legalistic, humanistic, and of course, persistent..."
New York Times - 04/06/2001
"...Captivating....THE GLEANERS AND I is charged with the pleasure of discovery....It is typically brisk, dryly witty and inventive, unsentimental yet caring..."
USA Today - 08/02/2002
"...Illuminating and even charming..."
Wall Street Journal - 11/27/2009
"[Varda's] mission was to find contemporary equivalents of the three peasant women in the painting, searching for grains of wheat in an already harvested field. In finding them, she found herself."
Veteran French filmmaker Agnes Varda ads a triumphant and ultra-contemporary chapter to her life's work of cinematic investigations into the lives of characters relegated to society's margins (usually women) with the graceful and compelling documentary, THE GLEANERS AND I. Departing from Jean-Francois Millet's celebrated 1867 portrait of women picking through a harvested wheat field entitled "Les Glaneuses," Varda constructs a modest and compassionate visual essay on the concept and lifestyle of "gleaning" or scavenging, once ubiquitous in rural 19th Century France. With digital camera in hand, Varda vagabonds around France in search of the 21st Century's incarnation of the gleaners. From potato fields in central France, to abandoned vineyards in Burgundy, to supermarket dumpsters in Paris, Varda's film portrays a completely surprising and ultimately complex populace, who subsist off of the waste of others. The film's casual style allows the intelligence, dignity, and honesty of the subjects to shine through as Varda herself pieces together a modern aesthetic and ideology of gleaning. With affectionate humor and searching intelligence, Varda points the camera at herself, marveling at her own process of aging and the gleaning that lies at the center of her own art and life.