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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

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Agnès Varda
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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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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

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Country:

France

Language:

French | Arabic | English

Release Date:

16 May 1986 (USA) See more »

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Filming Locations:

Vendargues, Hérault, France See more »

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Mono

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Color

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1.66 : 1
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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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VAGABOND (Agnes Varda, 1985) ***1/2
18 December 2006 | by Bunuel1976See all my reviews

This is only my second proper Varda film: I've only watched her documentary on her late husband (director Jacques Demy), JACQUOT DE NANTES (1991) and her ode to nickelodeon days ONE HUNDRED AND ONE NIGHTS OF SIMON CINEMA (1995); I do have 4 more titles by her on VHS but, alas, only in French i.e. with no English subtitles!

Despite being past her vintage, this is a remarkable piece of work: affecting but unsentimental, vivid rather than depressing. It deals with the last few days of a vagrant girl (a member of the working-class who got fed up with her vapid lifestyle and decided to find herself again 'on the road'), played with candor and great passion by Sandrine Bonnaire - a deserving Cesar Award recipient (the film itself emerged triumphant at Cannes). Still, the film doesn't romanticize her existence at all - the rejections and abuses she suffers throughout her journey, the abject poverty, the bitter cold, indeed her entire unwholesome environment - and, in fact, has all the air of being a story gleaned from the headlines (fittingly given a cine-verite' approach by Varda, providing intermittent interrogations by the police of the people who saw her last and one particular character addressing the audience directly at several stages during the film!).

Necessarily episodic in nature, the film does goes on a tad too long (especially the interlude with the Arabic immigrant, who actually plays himself!) but it basically covers the gamut of emotions, while also containing an unexpected - but most welcome - spurt of irreverence in the scenes involving a senile rich old lady, the messy (and vaguely Surrealist) Wine Festival towards the very end, and extending even to the droll final credit roll! Like a number of their early releases, the Criterion DVD is unfortunately bare-bones.


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