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The Gleaners and I, 2000 – ★★★★½

What a tapestry. To glean is to take that which is discarded and make use of it. That’s food. That’s the raw materials of art. That’s the delightful flexibility of Varda’s new-found digital camera: specifically, to make the point, the accidental footage of the lens cap dancing at the end of a string. That’s the aging human body, not just her own, but the weathered faces of those who’ve lived rough most of their lives.

That’s people themselves. Varda wasn’t done being creative. The Senegalese immigrants weren’t useless. Nobody is.

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