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Vagabond (1985)

Sans toit ni loi (original title)
Not Rated | | Drama, Romance | 16 May 1986 (USA)
A young woman's body is found frozen in a ditch. Through flashbacks and interviews, we see the events that led to her inevitable death.

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Agnès Varda

Writer:

Agnès Varda
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Sandrine Bonnaire ... Mona Bergeron, sans toit ni loi
Setti Ramdane Setti Ramdane ... le marocaine qui la trouve
Francis Balchère Francis Balchère ... un gendarme
Jean-Louis Perletti Jean-Louis Perletti ... un autre
Urbain Causse Urbain Causse ... un paysan interrogé
Christophe Alcazar Christophe Alcazar ... un autre, brûleyrr de fossé
Dominique Durand Dominique Durand ... le premier motard
Joël Fosse Joël Fosse ... l'autre, Paulo, amant de Yolande
Patrick Schmit Patrick Schmit ... le camionneur
Daniel Bos Daniel Bos ... Le démolisseur
Katy Champaud Katy Champaud ... le jeune fille à la pompe
Raymond Roulle Raymond Roulle ... le vieux aux allumettes
Henri Fridlani Henri Fridlani ... le fossoyeur
Patrick Sokol Patrick Sokol ... le jaune homme au sandwich
Pierre Imbert Pierre Imbert ... le garagiste
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Storyline

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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Drama | Romance

Certificate:

Not Rated | See all certifications »

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Country:

France

Language:

French | Arabic | English

Release Date:

16 May 1986 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Vagabond See more »

Filming Locations:

Vendargues, Hérault, France See more »

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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
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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 »

Quotes

les Bergers: She blew in like the wind. No plans, no goals... No wishes, no wants... We suggested things to her. She didn't want to do a thing. Wandering? That's withering. By proving she's useless, she helps a system she rejects. It's not wandering, it's withering.
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References Cleo from 5 to 7 (1962) See more »

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A Contre-Courant
Written by Valérie Lagrange and Ian Jelfs
Performed by Valérie Lagrange
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A Great Masterpiece
3 February 2003 | by nbottSee all my reviews

There are many different reasons to watch a film. I personally enjoy casual get out the six pack of beer type movies and I appreciate sincere great film art. Vagabond is one of the greatest films I have ever seen. I was drawn into this deeply tragic tale from the very opening scene with the wonderful music and cinematography. The documentary style used as a device to tell the story of Mona was bold and very appropriate to convey the depth of the impact this person had on the other characters in the film.

The acting of Ms. Bonnaire convinced me to care about this deeply troubled character and the isolated existential life she led. I personally have met in my own life people living in this way and I am always perplexed that I can not understand what is going on in that person's head. This film is and example of what makes great art. It tells a story that is universal and yet very personal. See this film. (10 out of 10).


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