Radical Empathy: The Films of Agnès Varda

The Gleaners and I: 2 Years Later

Les Glaneurs et la glaneuse... deux ans après

Agnès VardaFrance60 minutes2002GColourFrench

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Apr 14
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    Two years after her seminal documentary The Gleaners and I, Varda revisited the subject of modern-day scavengers in this short follow-up feature. With her ever-present handheld digital camera in tow, Varda catches up with the subjects of Gleaners while also seeking out some of the people who had sent her fan mail in the months following the film's considerable popular and critical success. In her typical forthright and thoughtful manner, Varda also reckons with the decision to insert herself as another subject within the original, transforming it from merely an essay film into a kind of digital autobiography — and it is in this latter regard that 2 Years Later itself transforms into something more than merely a supplementary feature, offering fresh insights into the creative process of one of our greatest living filmmakers.