The Gleaners and I begins with Millet’s painting, The Gleaners as Varda constructs this film as if she is writing a diary, in a subjective style. People picking up the grains and fruits during the post-harvest, or picking up oysters by the muddy riverside, the ones living off garbage and even an artist making artworks from the trash… the film captures these diverse characters collecting diverse objects at diverse locations.
The results are the discovery of brand new merits and sincerity, in which meaningless objects can be transformed into an amazing artwork. If the depiction of poor farmers and urban homeless people indirectly reveal the internal contradictions of the French society, then the reckless spending of modern society is being criticized through the voices of recycling artists and environmental activists. (Joo You-Shin)
Agnès VARDAAgnès VARDA
Born in Ixelles, Brussels on May 30, 1928 and died on March 29, 2019.
VARDA was an extraordinary artist who pioneered modern cinema through installation arts, photography, live action films, and documentaries. As the mother of the Nouvelle Vague, she is also known as a pioneer of female films not only in France but throughout the world. As an expressive feminist, VARDA is famous for her critical essays on documentary-like reality and her interests on everyday life, photography, and arts.