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A Film Diary

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Watched: 19 August

An excellent documentary by Agnès Varda, ostensibly about terrible levels of food waste in France (as per the rest of northern Europe) and the people who – for various reasons – decide to ‘glean’ food that has been thrown away or unpicked. It also graudally encompasses those who sift and collect from other people’s thrown away rubbish, re-purposing objects for art and for more practical reasons (something Varda herself is not averse to doing); and so in a way it’s about the director herself, and her love of going around finding and filming things that pique her interest. She is a playful presence, appearing on camera here and there, and the people she interviews for the film are insightful and admirable. (****)

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