Vagabond (film)

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Vagabond
Vagabondposter.jpg
Theatrical release poster
Directed by Agnès Varda
Produced by Oury Milshtein
Written by Agnès Varda
Starring Sandrine Bonnaire
Macha Méril
Yolande Moreau
Music by Joanna Bruzdowicz
Fred Chichin
Cinematography Patrick Blossier
Edited by Patricia Mazuy
Agnès Varda
Distributed by MK2 Diffusion
Release date(s)
  • September 1985 (1985-09) (Venice)
  • 4 December 1985 (1985-12-04)
Running time 105 minutes
Country France
Language French
Box office $6,480,858 [1]

Vagabond (French: Sans toit ni loi, "without roof nor law") is a 1985 drama film directed by Agnès Varda, featuring Sandrine Bonnaire. It describes the story of a young woman, a vagabond, who wanders through French wine country one winter. The film was the 36th highest grossing film of the year with a total of 1,080,143 admissions in France.[2]

Plot[edit]

The film begins with the contorted body of the woman, covered in frost. From this image, an unseen and unheard interviewer puts the camera on the last men to see her and the ones who found her. The action then flashes back to the woman, Mona (Sandrine Bonnaire) walking along the roadside, hiding from the police and trying to get a ride. Along her journey she meets and takes up with other vagabonds such as herself as well as a Tunisian vineyard worker, a family of goat farmers, a professor researching trees, and a maid who envies what she perceives to be a beautiful and passionate lifestyle. Mona explains to one of her temporary companions that at one time she had an office job in Paris and did very well for herself, but she became unsettled with the way she was living – choosing instead to wander the country free from any responsibility, picking up what she could to survive as she goes. Throughout the film, Mona's condition seems to become progressively worse until she finally falls where we first saw her, frozen and entrenched in her misery in a ditch.

Cast[edit]

  • Sandrine Bonnaire as Mona Bergeron
  • Macha Meril as Mme Landier
  • Setti Ramdane as Tunisian
  • Francis Balchère as Police
  • Jean-Louis Perletti as Police
  • Urbain Causse as Farmer
  • Christophe Alcazar as Farmer
  • Yolande Moreau as Yolande
  • Joël Fosse as Paulo
  • Patrick Schmit as Truck Driver
  • Daniel Bos as Demolition Worker
  • Katy Champaud as Girl at the Pump
  • Raymond Roulle as Old Man with Matches
  • Henri Fridlani as The Gravedigger
  • Patrick Sokol as Young Man with Sandwich
  • Pierre Imbert as Mechanic

Style[edit]

The film combines straightforward narrative scenes, in which we see Mona living her life, with pseudo-documentary sequences in which people who knew Mona turn to the camera and comment on what they remember about her. Significant events are sometimes left unshown, so that the viewer must piece the information together to gain a full picture.

The title[edit]

The original French title, Sans toit ni loi, is a play on a common French idiom, "Sans foi ni loi" – "Without faith nor law."

Awards and nominations[edit]

Award Category Name Outcome
César Awards 1986 Best Actress Sandrine Bonnaire Won
Best Film Agnès Varda Nominated
Best Director Agnès Varda Nominated
Best Supporting Actress Macha Méril Nominated
French Syndicate of Cinema Critics Best Film Agnès Varda Won
Los Angeles Film Critics Association Awards Best Actress Sandrine Bonnaire Won
Best Foreign Film Agnès Varda Won
Sant Jordi Awards Best Foreign Actress Sandrine Bonnaire Won
Venice Film Festival Golden Lion Agnès Varda Won
FIPRESCI Prize Agnès Varda Won
OCIC Award Agnès Varda Won

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