The Gleaners and I

Fri 23rd June – 19:30 Terry O’Toole Theatre
France 2000
Dir: Agnès Varda
Cert U
82 mins

Inspired by Jean-François Millet’s painting “The Gleaners”, which depicts peasant women gleaning for leftover grain following the harvest, “The Gleaners and I” is Agnès Varda’s own idiosyncratic take on the subject. Gleaning has traditionally been practised over the centuries by the rural poor, having no choice but to live on what others leave behind. In Varda’s film the subject is extended to include those who glean for artistic or ethical resons. Travelling around France with her digital, hand-held camera, Varda meets and chats to a full range of gleaners in her own inimitable way, familiar to LFS members from her later documentary “Faces Places”. Charming and thought provoking, “The Gleaners and I” has become a favourite with critics and audiences alike.

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