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Vagabond
Original title:
Sans toit ni loi
Slovenian title:
Brez strehe in zakona
Section:
RETRO: AGNES VARDA
Country, year:
France, 1985
Length:
105
Directed by:
Agnes Varda
Screenplay:
Agnes Varda
Cinematography:
Patrick Blossier
Music:
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Subtitles:
Slovenian
Language:
French,Arabic,English
Voting code:
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Cast:
Sandrine Bonnaire (Mona), Macha Méril (Madame Landier), Stéphane Freiss (Jean-Pierre), Yolande Moreau (sobarica), Patrick Lepczynski (David), Yahiaoui Assouna (Assoun), Joël Fosse (Paulo), Marthe Jarnia (teta Lydie)
Awards:
Venice 1985 (Golden Lion, FIPRESCI Prize), Georges Méličs Award 1985, César for Best Actress 1985, Brussels 1986 (Best Film, Best Director), Durban 1987 (Best Film)

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Description:
Agnes Varda's great masterpiece and one of the most influential films of the 1980s. A meta-film that delves into the relationship between reality and representation. Refusing to play the role of a feminist ideal, the protagonist instead becomes a study on female idealisation.
The body of a young homeless woman is found frozen to death in a Provencal ditch. While the police are investigating the case, the woman's story is narrated by the villagers who met her in the days preceding her death. Mona attracted notice with her outsider status, her insistence on independence and aimlessness instead of embracing the social norms expected of her class and gender. Some, especially women, admired her strength, and others thought of her as a sexual object.

"One day I picked up a girl hitchhiking, and she was so extraordinary a character that I began to realize how much more interesting it is to see a girl hitchhiking than a guy. That's when I decided that my main character would be a girl. It presupposes more physical courage, more endurance, more guts, a greater capacity to say "up yours!" to people, and that kind of thing. … Even the film's witnesses who approach her, then distance themselves a bit from her, seek her out, hunt her down, judge her severely but are nonetheless very nice people . . . all of them end up having contradictory views of her and ultimately come up against her refusal to communicate with them." (Agnes Varda)