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Aro Recommended Gleaners and I, The


France 2000, 82 minutes
Dir. Agnes Varda
In French with English subtitles
Rating: [Exempt]
Genres: Documentary


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.

NZ International Film Festival 2001

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DVD Features

Includes an extra 60 minute documentary - "The Gleaners and I - Two Years Later".

  • English subtitles for the hearing impaired
  • 'making of' documentary / featurette
  • aspect ratio: 4:3

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