Varda creates a richly textured essay that essentially looks at how one class of society lives off of the refuse of another. But besides raising the political and social implications of gleaning, Varda goes even deeper into something personal, by examining the process of aging itself, and raising questions of real value. Such as, when do we become mere scrap on the junk pile of life?
"Les Glaneurs et la Glaneuse (The Gleaners and I)" is an elliptically subtle and beautifully evocative portrait of how one man's trash becomes another man's treasure. Directed and written by Agnes Varda. Produced by Agnes Varda. No distributor set. Documentary. French-language; subtitled. Not yet rated. Running time: 82 min.