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Vagabond

Sans toit ni loi

Directed by Agnès Varda
France, 1985
Drama

Synopsis

A stark portrayal of the defiant young drifter Mona. Found frozen at the beginning of the film, her story is stitched together through flashbacks told by those who she encountered before her death, producing a splintered portrait of an enigmatic woman.

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Vagabond Directed by Agnès Varda

Awards & Festivals

Venice Film Festival

1985 | 3 wins including: Golden Lion

César Awards

1986 | Winner: Best Actress

1986 | 3 nominations including: Best Film

New York Film Critics Circle Awards

1986 | 3rd place: Best Foreign Language Film

I find that irony is something that needs to be cultivated, and the few filmmakers who manage to do that are, for me, great masters. Even when she’s telling stories that are far from her own life, all of her films become like beads in a necklace that shines very brightly and decorates her.
December 03, 2018
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A fiction film posing as a lyrical documentary. . . . In the end, Mona’s physical reality is undeniable—her stink, her dirty fingernails, her tangled hair, her disintegrating boots, her struggles to eat and sleep and stay warm—but her character is impenetrable, her motives a mystery.
June 22, 2018
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The best movie that I saw at MdFF, perhaps unsurprisingly, was Vagabond, which upon review seems easily one of the greatest films of the 1980s—funny and unsentimental and unfathomably sad. Watching the conclusion… I thought of some lines from Francois Mauriac’s 1923 novel Génitrix which have always troubled me: "There was no tear-stained face for her to leave behind, nothing to mark for her this slipping into the shadows. She died quietly, as those who are unloved.
May 10, 2017
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