The Gleaners and I (Les Glaneurs et la Glaneuse)

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Synopsis

Both a diary and a kind of extended essay on poverty, thrift and the curious place of scavenging in French history and culture--a documentary capturing the world of French gleaners who collect and make use of what others have discarded.

Cast

  • Jean La Planche
  • Bodan Litnanski
  • Agnès Varda
  • François Wertheimer

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  • Included among the "1001 Movies You Must See Before You Die", edited by Steven Schneider.
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Metacritic

100

The story of herself (Varda), a woman whose life has consisted of moving through the world with the tools of her trade, finding what is worth treasuring.

Metacritic review by Roger Ebert
Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
100

Of all the movies I've seen in the past several years, this is one of the ones I love the most.

Metacritic review by Michael Wilmington
Michael Wilmington
Chicago Tribune
100

A fascinating nonfiction voyage into rural and urban France, focusing on idiosyncratic individuals who live off things the rest of us throw away, from food to furniture.

Metacritic review by David Sterritt
David Sterritt
Christian Science Monitor