A delightful and personal diary/documentary of people who exist by utilising the things others regard as useless in modern society. This is a witty and gently humanist film from a veteran of the 60s French new wave.
Beginning with the famous Jean-François Millet painting of women gathering wheat left over from a harvest, Agnes Varda's investigation leads us from forgotten corners of the French countryside to off-hours at the green markets of Paris, following those who insist on finding a use for that which society has cast off, whether out of necessity or activism. Varda's own ruminations on her life as a filmmaker (a gleaner of sorts) give her a connection to her subjects that creates a touching human portrait. An essay film that reclaimed the genre for creative expression, L.A. Weekly deemed The Gleaners and I "a protest film that's part social critique, part travelogue, but always an unsentimental celebration of human resilience."
The film will be introduced by Professor Ian Christie
Part of The Rule-Breakers, a new 10 week series at Bertha DocHouse featuring films that have influenced and developed the art of documentary and which continue to inspire us today. To see the rest of the programme click here.