France | 1985 | 105 minutes | Agnès Varda

January 5, 2020

The Restless Curiosity of Agnès Varda

Sandrine Bonnaire won the Best Actress César for her portrayal of the defiant young drifter Mona, found frozen to death in a ditch at the beginning of Vagabond.

Agnès Varda pieces together Mona's story through flashbacks told by those who encountered her (played by a largely nonprofessional cast), producing a splintered portrait of an enigmatic woman. With its sparse, poetic imagery, Vagabond (Sans toit ni loi) is a stunner, and won Varda the top prize at the Venice Film Festival.

Description courtesy of Janus Films

"Structured around the hazards of a female drifter's experience, and by extension the female experience more generally, Vagabond remains powerful and timely."—Amy Simmons, The Guardian

  • Director: Agnès Varda
  • Principal Cast: Sandrine Bonnaire, Macha Méril, Stéphane Freiss
  • Country: France
  • Year: 1985
  • Running Time: 105 minutes
  • Screenplay: Agnès Varda
  • Language: French, Arabic, English
  • Has Subtitles: Yes