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Vagabond (1985)

Sans toit ni loi (original title)
Not Rated | | Drama, Romance | 16 May 1986 (USA)
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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

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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 marocain 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, brûleur 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 ... La jeune fille à la pompe
Raymond Roulle Raymond Roulle ... Le vieux aux allumettes
Henri Fridlani Henri Fridlani ... Le fossoyeur
Patrick Sokol Patrick Sokol ... Le jeune 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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Genres:

Drama | Romance

Certificate:

Not Rated | See all certifications »

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Official Sites:

Ciné Tamaris [France]

Country:

France

Language:

French | Arabic | English

Release Date:

16 May 1986 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Vagabond See more »

Filming Locations:

Saint-Aunès, Hérault, France See more »

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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
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This film is part of the Criterion Collection, spine #74. 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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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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Featured in At the Movies: The Best Films of 1986 (1987) See more »

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Marcia Baila
Written by Catherine Ringer and Fred Chichin
Performed by Les Rita Mitsouko
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One of Varda's best films
29 April 2019 | by MOscarbradleySee all my reviews

We know from the very beginning the fate of Sandrine Bonnaire's Mona, the "Vagabond" of the title in Agnes Varda's magnificent film. She's dead, a frozen corpse in a ditch and then, in flashbacks, we see how she got there. Varda never passes judgment and "Vagabond", like her very best films, is a work of observation. As well as a handful of professional actors she uses the people of the towns and villages Bonnaire passes through, giving the film an air of reality while Bonnaire herself is simply superb.

Varda doesn't require her to do anything but exist and it's a very 'un-actressy' performance, closer to real life than to what we are used to seeing in the movies. Now and again the film dips into the conventional as if Varda is trying to put some meat on its bones but for the most part, this is a remarkable work and one of the best of its director's career.


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