Vagabond

Directed by Agnès Varda
1985
France
106 minutes
Unclassified 18+
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Winner of the Venice Golden Lion, Vagabond is a potent meditation on freedom, capitalism and female representation, charting the final weeks of a young vagrant's life.

The film opens with the discovery of a corpse frozen in a vineyard, her face covered in the harvest dregs. Varda resurrects her mysterious young heroine 'Mona' through the recollections of those who paid witness to the last weeks of her life. What transpires is a portrait of a defiant, headstrong young woman, played with steely-eyed authenticity by Sandrine Bonnaire. Purposefully living on the margins of society, Mona elicits strong reactions: from the young men who see her as 'easy prey' to those who see sorrow and others a beacon of freedom. Varda infuses Mona with such complexity that it's impossible not to feel vindicated, shamed and inspired all at once; the film remains one of her most complex and masterful works.

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This is surely one of her greatest films: enigmatic, possessed of a cool artistry in its structural asymmetries and inconsistencies, and as gripping as any thriller.
Peter Bradshaw, The Guardian
Unapologetically transgressive, righteously bleak and infused with a uniquely feminist sensibility.
BFI

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Sun 16 June
10:15am
Art Gallery of New South Wales
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Program Strand
Viva Varda, French Films
Original Title
Sans Toit Ni Loi
Year
1985
Classification
Unclassified 18+
Country
France
Language
In French with English subtitles
Director
Agnès Varda
Cast
Sandrine Bonnaire, Macha Méril, Stéphane Freiss
Screenwriter
Agnès Varda
Cinematographer
Patrick Blossier
Editor
Patricia Mazuy, Agnès Varda
Genre
Women Directors, Retrospective
Company Credits
World Sales: MK2 Films
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