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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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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
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Trivia

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

Goofs

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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Featured in Siskel & Ebert: The Best Films of 1986 (1987) See more »

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Freedom Is Slavery
Written by Theo Hakola and Denis Goulag
Performed by Passion Fodder
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Mona's journey will touch you deeply
15 September 2005 | by fertilecelluloidSee all my reviews

Perhaps Sandrine Bonnaire's "Mona" represents my greatest fear -- of being alone and broke. That is why she has remained with me for almost twenty years. Remembering the first time I met her is nostalgic to me. I walked the roads of rural France with her and liked her for not begging to be liked. Perhaps it was love more than like. Her journey made me tearful. I mourned the inevitability of her existence.

Such is Agnes Varda's talent that the movie affected me so deeply -- my favourite movie of hers, by the way. The landscapes are so vivid, the dead tree branches so bare yet so brittle in the harsh elements. The compositions possess a fixed, absolute nature that conveys a hopeless destiny. There is no offensive beauty in Mona's destitution, there is merely purity.

Because so few motion pictures resonate with this much intensity and feeling for me, I go through periods in which I feel like I'm wasting my life away seeing so many, but when I consider the alternative, Mona's choices suddenly feel real to me.

Extraordinary in every sense.

Make a gallant effort to see VAGABOND. It will touch you deeply and wake you from the slumber of indifference.


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