Aroview: A widely-admired work by the godmother of French film, which essays the wastefulness of western society through a clutch of interviews with various compulsive recyclers and scavengers.
The ‘gleaners’ include a cordon-bleu chef, gypsies, winemakers, artists (and the director), while supermarkets and corporates come in for flak for their mean-spirited tactics in discouraging urban beachcombing. As always, Varda works on a personal level and here, using digital video, finds a medium that facilitates her visual ideas in a horde of miniature poetic moments.
4 stars (Very Good) Worth your time. It's funny but (sadly) profound, meandering but focused, always warm-hearted, always inventive. The director herself is the most eccentric and fascinating of all the characters presented here.~Toby Dammit