7.8/10
6,215
41 user 54 critic

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.

Director:

Agnès Varda

Writer:

Agnès Varda
Reviews

On Disc

at Amazon

8 wins & 5 nominations. See more awards »

Photos

Learn more

More Like This 

Le Bonheur (1965)
Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  

François, a young carpenter, lives a happy, uncomplicated life with his wife Thérèse and their two small children. One day he meets Emilie, a clerk in the local post office.

Director: Agnès Varda
Stars: Jean-Claude Drouot, Marie-France Boyer, Marcelle Faure-Bertin
Documentary | Biography
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8/10 X  

Agnès Varda explores her memories, mostly chronologically, with photographs, film clips, interviews, reenactments, and droll, playful contemporary scenes of her narrating her story.

Director: Agnès Varda
Stars: Agnès Varda, André Lubrano, Blaise Fournier
Comedy | Drama | Music
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8/10 X  

Cleo, a singer and hypochondriac, becomes increasingly worried that she might have cancer while awaiting test results from her doctor.

Director: Agnès Varda
Stars: Corinne Marchand, Antoine Bourseiller, Dominique Davray
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  

There are two parts to this film: sequences of life in the fishing village of La Pointe Courte (a government inspector's visit, the death of a child) alternate with others following a ... See full summary »

Director: Agnès Varda
Stars: Philippe Noiret, Silvia Monfort
Documentary
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  

Varda films and interviews gleaners in France in all forms, from those picking fields after the harvest to those scouring the dumpsters of Paris.

Director: Agnès Varda
Stars: François Wertheimer, Agnès Varda, Bodan Litnanski
Biography | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  

Jacquot Demy is a little boy at the end of the thirties. His father owns a garage and his mother is a hairdresser. The whole family lives happily and likes to sing and to go to the movies. ... See full summary »

Director: Agnès Varda
Stars: Philippe Maron, Edouard Joubeaud, Laurent Monnier
Faces Places (2017)
Documentary
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.9/10 X  

Director Agnes Varda and photographer/muralist J.R. journey through rural France and form an unlikely friendship.

Directors: JR, Agnès Varda
Stars: Agnès Varda, JR, Jeannine Carpentier
Drama | History
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7/10 X  

The intertwined lives of two women in 1970s France, set against the progress of the women's movement in which Agnes Varda was involved. Pomme and Suzanne meet when Pomme helps Suzanne ... See full summary »

Director: Agnès Varda
Stars: Thérèse Liotard, Valérie Mairesse, Robert Dadiès
Documenteur (1981)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  

A young French woman, separated from her lover, tries to find a lodging in L.A. for herself and her son.

Director: Agnès Varda
Stars: Sabine Mamou, Mathieu Demy, Lisa Blok-Linson
Short | Fantasy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  

More than 40 years after making "Cléo de 5 à 7," Agnès Varda invites her star, two other cast members, and her assistant directors to look back. She takes us through the film, from opening ... See full summary »

Director: Agnès Varda
Stars: Éric Berlouin, Dorothée Blanck, Antoine Bourseiller
À Nos Amours (1983)
Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  

An erratic young woman's family desperately tries to prevent her increasingly erotic ways.

Director: Maurice Pialat
Stars: Sandrine Bonnaire, Maurice Pialat, Christophe Odent
Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  

Mary-Jane asks, "Do all women fall in love with a boy, or just those without sons?" She's divorced with two daughters, Lucy and Loulou. Lucy has a party where Mary-Jane notices Julien, 14, ... See full summary »

Director: Agnès Varda
Stars: Jane Birkin, Mathieu Demy, Charlotte Gainsbourg
Edit

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
Edit

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>

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Genres:

Drama | Romance

Certificate:

Not Rated | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

View content advisory »
Edit

Details

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 »

Company Credits

Show more on IMDbPro »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
See full technical specs »
Edit

Did You Know?

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.
See more »

Connections

Referenced in Night Friend (1988) See more »

Soundtracks

A Contre-Courant
Written by Valérie Lagrange and Ian Jelfs
Performed by Valérie Lagrange
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

 
"Reflective, lyrical and lingering..."
12 November 2012 | by SindreKaspersenSee all my reviews

Belgian-born French documentarian, photographer, screenwriter, film editor and director Agnès Varda's fifth feature film which she wrote after having traveled around the country of France, met various types of vagabonds at shelters and railway stations and investigated the natural environment, premiered at the 42nd Venice International Film Festival in 1985 and is a France-UK co-production which was shot on location in the city of Montpellier in Southern France and produced by French actor and producer Oury Milshtein. It tells the story about Mona Bergeron, a young female vagrant who with only a few possessions and no particular aim sets out on an idealistic journey where she meets various people from different parts of society and discovers both friendliness and animosity.

Subtly and finely directed by former Left Bank filmmaker Agnès Varda who has been called the mother of the French New Wave, this quietly paced fictional tale which is narrated by Agnès Varda and from multiple viewpoints, draws a moving and mysterious portrayal of person who has chosen to wander around and live by the means nature provides and the generosity of other people. While notable for it's naturalistic and gritty milieu depictions, prominent cinematography by French cinematographer Patrick Blossier, use of colors and realism, this character-driven and documentary-like road-movie which examines themes like interpersonal relations, identity, alternate lifestyles, survival, freedom and dirt, depicts a tangible study of character and contains a timely score by, among others, Polish composer Joanna Bruzdowicz.

This atmospheric and singular feminist drama about the human condition from the mid-1980s which is set against the backdrop of vast landscapes in the south of France in the late 20th century, is impelled and reinforced by it's loose narrative structure, colorful characters, subtle character development, the commendable acting performance by then 17-year-old French actress Sandrine Bonnaire and the fine supporting acting performance by Belgian actress, singer and director Yolande Moreau in her debut feature film role. A reflective, lyrical and lingering story about the crucial journey of an enigmatic and lawless woman who lives in freedom only for the sake of freedom, which gained, among numerous other awards, the Golden Lion at the 42nd Venice Film Festival in 1985.


1 of 1 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you? | Report this
Review this title | See all 41 user reviews »

Contribute to This Page

IMDb Freedive: Watch Movies and TV Series for Free

Watch Hollywood hits and TV favorites for free with IMDb Freedive. Start streaming on IMDb and Fire TV devices today!

Start watching

Stream Trending TV Series With Prime Video

Explore popular and recently added TV series available to stream now with Prime Video.

Start your free trial



Recently Viewed