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Vagabond (1985)

Sans toit ni loi (original title)
Not Rated | | Drama | 16 May 1986 (USA)
In winter in the south of France, a young woman is found frozen in a ditch. She's unkempt, a vagabond. Through flashbacks and brief interviews, we trace her final weeks as she camps alone ... See full summary »

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Setti Ramdane ...
le marocaine qui la trouve
Francis Balchère ...
un gendarme
Jean-Louis Perletti ...
un autre
Urbain Causse ...
un paysan interrogé
Christophe Alcazar ...
un autre, brûleyrr de fossé
Dominique Durand ...
le premier motard
Joël Fosse ...
l'autre, Paulo, amant de Yolande
Patrick Schmit ...
le camionneur
Daniel Bos ...
Le démolisseur
Katy Champaud ...
le jeune fille à la pompe
Raymond Roulle ...
le vieux aux allumettes
Henri Fridlani ...
le fossoyeur
Patrick Sokol ...
le jaune homme au sandwich
Pierre Imbert ...
le garagiste
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In winter in the south of France, a young woman is found frozen in a ditch. She's unkempt, a vagabond. Through flashbacks and brief interviews, we trace her final weeks as she camps alone or falls in with various men and women, many of whom project their needs onto her or try to give her life direction. She squats in an old house smoking hash with a man, falls for a Tunisian laborer and works beside him pruning grape vines, stays with a couple shepherding goats, meets an agronomist trying to save plane trees, gets tipsy with an old woman, and has an offer to appear in porn films. Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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Included among the "1001 Movies You Must See Before You Die", edited by Steven Schneider. See more »

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In the opening segment, Mona (Sandrine Bonnaire) is lying in a ditch in the vineyard. The character Mona is supposed to be dead, but if you look at the actress's neck you can clearly see a neck artery visibly pulsing. See more »

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la platonologne Mme Landier: Why did you drop out?
Mona Bergeron, sans toit ni loi: Champagne on the road's better!
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References Cleo from 5 to 7 (1962) See more »

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Sur la mer toujours recommencée calmée
Written by Giacomo Puccini and Slim Batteux
Performed by Marina Albert
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A realistic view of French society depicted by a leading figure of French new wave cinema
1 September 2009 | by (Paris,France) – See all my reviews

The greatest achievement of French cinema is that it has never felt embarrassed in portraying grim realities which have a direct bearing on the identity of French society.This is one of the reasons why there is a marked distinction in France between serious films and films as entertainment.This is something particularly true in case of certain French directors especially women filmmakers such as Marguerite Duras and Agnès Varda.It is through her bold film "Sans Toit Ni Loi" that Agnès Varda allows an astute film admirer to measure the vitality of French cinema.The making and universal appeal of "Vagabond/Sans Toit Ni Loi" is the biggest evidence of the fact that the creators of French cinema especially its talented filmmakers are open to direct films which show a distinct image of France.Vagabond is an absolutely honest film as everything depicted in it can be experienced in France where drifters and immigrants are given considerable amount of screen space. Sandrine Bonnaire's acting performance as a lonely drifter has no parallels in world cinema.She gives a whole new meaning to the representation of marginal characters in French cinema.


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