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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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mindless drifter on the road carrying such an easy load See more (35 total) »

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

Directed by
Agnès Varda 
 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
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
 
Visual Effects by
Philippe Tourret .... restoration coordinator
 

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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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Goofs:
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:
Oh BabySee more »

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8 out of 11 people found the following review useful.
mindless drifter on the road carrying such an easy load, 6 May 2007
Author: dbdumonteil

Agnès Varda is commonly associated with the Nouvelle Vague and more than François Truffaut, Jean-Luc "God Ard" or Eric Rohmer, she delivered some of the jewels of this French trend with "Cléo De 5 à 7" (1961). It doesn't mean that everything she made turned into gold. One can skip "les Créatures" (1966) without remorse. Twenty years later, she issued her strongest work since "Cléo De 5 à 7" which justifiably dominated from an artistic perspective French cinematographic production: "Sans Toi Ni Loi" that caused a stir.

It works as an alternation of flashes-back and interviews with people about their recollections involving a female rambler named Mona. We won't know much about herself. After she passed her high school diploma, she started to work for different bosses as a secretary but grew tired of his job. So, she packed in to leave for adventure through odd jobs. However, Varda's heroine keeps all her mystery and ambiguity. Are we really sure about what she says? Doesn't she lie? The female filmmaker doesn't comfort the audience because as the elements of the puzzle are pieced together, she throws the people who met Mona out in the same basket, either it is this university professor, this Maroccan guest worker or this former philosophy student who believed in the events of May 1968 in France: they are all responsible for Mona's death because of their egoism, their lack of communication with her. Varda delivers a similar message to her 1961 film: loneliness is a burden and it's better to open oneself to others to make things improve.

"Sans Toi Ni Loi" has the form of a documentary with a gritty tonality in which the female filmmaker keeps a certain distance with her heroine and everything she goes through. Thanks to this, tawdry or violent sequences take another dimension like the moment when the garage owner leaves Mona's tent pulling up his trousers or the man who rapes her in the woods. We won't see the horrid act.

Varda hired non-professional actors and that's why her film has a larger than life feel. An impression accentuated by Sandrine Bonnaire's sensational performance. She "lives" more than she acts her role. The role of this rambler fits her like a glove.

This is one that can stand multiple viewings.

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