Legendary filmmaker Agnes Varda takes digital camcorder in hand and roams about the French countryside in search of "gleaners." An age-old practice, as depicted in Millet's famous painting, performed traditionally by peasant women, gleaners scavenged the remains of a crop after the harvest. Varda finds their modern-day equivalent collecting rejected potatoes outside of Lyon, fallen apples in Provence, and refuse in the markets of Paris. Along the way, she talks to a man sporting yellow rubber boots who has lived on trash for ten years, a gourmet chef who gleans for his restaurant, a homeless doctorate in biology who teaches literacy courses to immigrants for free, a couple of artists who use trash in their work, and the grandson of early cinema innovator Étienne-Jules Marey. Along the way, Varda discusses heart-shaped potatoes, big trucks on the highway, the waste of consumerism, and the ravages of time. This film was screened at the 2000 Cannes and Toronto Film Festivals.
- MPAA Rating: Not Rated
- Genre(s): Foreign
- Run Time: 82min.
- Theatrical Release Date: 03/07/2001
- DVD Release Date: 07/23/2002
- Distributor(s): Zeitgeist
- Themes: Golden Years,Work Ethics
- Tone: Affectionate,Gentle,Reflective,Talky,Easygoing,Quirky,Compassionate
character [values], consumerism, farmland, greed, harvest, waste
- Country of Origin: USA - Limited (03-07-2001)
- Language: French