The Gleaners and I

The Gleaners and I ★★★★

There are several different thematic throughlines here, but the one that stuck out the most to me is Varda’s constant rumination on the beauty of the mundane. She sequences shots of massive mountains and lavish buildings with shots of fallow fields and ostensibly nondescript city blocks, zeroing in on the simple pleasure of taking in everything around you, whether it be awe-inspiring or wholly banal.

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