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Vagabond -- After a defiant young drifter is found frozen to death in a ditch, her story is pieced together through flashbacks told by those who encountered her.

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16 May 1986 (USA) See more »
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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... See more » | Add synopsis »
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10 wins & 3 nominations See more »
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Cast

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Sandrine Bonnaire ... Mona Bergeron, sans toit ni loi
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
Richard Imbert ... Son fils
Marthe Jarnias ... la vielle Tante Lydie

Yolande Moreau ... Yolande, sa bonne
Gabriel Mariani ... Son oncle AIMÉ B.I.O.N.N.E.T.
Patrick Lepcynski ... David, le juifferrant
Sylvaine Berger ... les Bergers
Michèle Doumeche ... La p... sur la route
Sabine ... le Bergers
Macha Méril ... la platonologne Mme Landier
Pierette Soler ... La dame qui parle à son mari
Pierre Emonnot ... le régisseur pas content

Stéphane Freiss ... Jean-Pierre, ingéneuragronome
Laurence Cortadellas ... sa femme Eliane
Emmanuel Protopopoff ... le routard donneur-de-sang
Vincent Sanchez ... l'infirmier
Michel Constantial ... Le réigisseur des caisses
'Garibaldi' Fernández ... Le maçon au bonnet rond
Alain Roussel ... l'homme-des-bois, violent
Yahiaoui Assouna ... Yahiaoui 'Assoun' Assouna, tailleur devinges
Aimée Chisci ... La régisseur du mas
Marguerite Chisci ... Sa femme a la télé et à la lessive
Geneviève Bonfils ... la voyageuse méfiante
Christian Chessa ... Le Zonard-Mac, a la gare
Setina Arhab ... la zonarde
Jacques Berthier ... Le petit monsieur bien-mis
Oliver Jongerlynck ... le racketeur au photomaton
Rémi Leboucq ... Le client racketé
Jean Dambrin ... le trichlomane
Bébert Samcir ... lr joueur d'harmonica
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Directed by
Agnès Varda 
 
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Agnès Varda 

Produced by
Oury Milshtein .... producer
 
Original Music by
Joanna Bruzdowicz 
 
Cinematography by
Patrick Blossier 
 
Film Editing by
Patricia Mazuy 
Agnès Varda 
 
Production Management
Oury Milshtein .... production manager
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Jacques Royer .... first assistant director
 
Sound Department
Jonathan Liebling .... foley artist
Jean-Paul Mugel .... sound
 

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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"Sans toit ni loi" - France (original title)
"Without Roof or Law" - International (English title) (literal title)
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105 min
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Revealing mistakes: 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 »
Quotes:
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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Movie Connections:
Referenced in Night Friend (1988)See more »
Soundtrack:
Freedom Is SlaverySee more »

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2 out of 2 people found the following review useful.
The Moth Effect?, 6 August 2007
Author: ThurstonHunger from Palo Alto, CA, USA

With an antagonizing protagonist who is as doomed as the plane trees in the film...this film could be seen as strictly nihilistic. I recently watched "SherryBaby" and strongly preferred this film which I watched a week prior, and yet I still find myself pondering Sandrine Bonnaire's portrayal of a woman who is stranded.

Indeed "No one makes it alone" could better be the tag line here, and Bonnaire's Mona goes on an odyssey that is nothing short of harrowing. Also trading heroin chic for (self-imposed?) homeless bleak pushed us into less charted filmic waters. Choosing an unknown for the title role was also a good call I suspect. The film is now older than it's lead actress was at the time.

So much of the film talks about how Mona stinks, perhaps smell-a-vision would have helped ;> Honestly her face is still too attractive, although wide and maybe manly in a way, that for me the sense of her scent didn't wash. That being said, her disaffection was on display so well, that you could see her as having a dirty soul. At nearly every chance of being likable she veers to the other direction, the one notable exception for me being her interaction with the "platonologne" (is that like octogenarian, don't know the French...the characters all had interesting descriptions in the credits)..

Additionally, from the English subtitles and snatches of French, I sense the dialog (should I say dialogue) in this was quite cutting and clever in parts.

While Mona lives without roof or law, while she may move without purpose or direction, she is more than a human tumbleweed. She does not live without leaving a trace...but the filmmaker keeps us intentionally distant from her, we are never allowed inside her mental tent. Thus our composite sketch of her is as complex and contradictory as the people she encounters. Not only does Mona live without control over her life, her death as well eludes her.

Viewers may find it less easy to escape.

Thurston Hunger 7/10

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