Sans Toit ni Loi (Vagabond) (Without Roof or Rule)
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Sans Toit ni Loi (Vagabond) (Without Roof or Rule)
Vagabond, directed by Agnes Varda is the dark disturbing story of a female drifter named Mona (Sandrine Bonnaire). The film opens as Mona's frozen body is found in a drainage ditch and proceeds to tell her story in a series of flashbacks and semi-documentary style "interviews" with the people who have known Mona during the last few weeks of her life. Mona is a distant, independent and not-very-likeable woman who goes from place to place, living where she can and with anyone who will take her in. Mona's true nature remains a puzzle, both to those who thought they knew her, and… More
Rotten Tomatoes Score: 100%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"The road movie takes a somber turn in this austerely beautiful 1985 French drama by Agnes Varda."
‑ Peter Keough, Chicago Reader
"Gets a stellar performance from Bonnaire."
‑ Dennis Schwartz, Ozus' World Movie Reviews
"Varda alludes to both Citizen Kane and the Bible to recreate the short, disconnected life of Mona, a lost soul who has always depended on the kindness of strangers."
‑ Thomas Delapa, Boulder Weekly
"Taken as an examination of how we watch and react to the films (and the real people) that we see, it becomes transcendent."
‑ Jeremy Heilman,
"A masterpiece, clearly one of the finest films in many a year."
‑ Gene Siskel, Chicago Tribune
"Agnes Varda's anatomy of a female vagabond, beautifully played by Sandrine Bonnaire, is captivating, haunting and uncompromising."
‑ Emanuel Levy, EmanuelLevy.Com
"Visually beautiful, tragic drama."
‑ Michael E. Grost, Classic Film and Television
"A striking film -- one that feels like it was made at least 10 years earlier -- and, I must note, a fairly depressing one."
‑ Ken Hanke, Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
"shows how there's an inherent brutality to living without rules... without ever devolving into melodrama or didacticism"
‑ Mark Athitakis,
"Focuses on the life and difficulties of a female drifter who enjoys solitude and a no-strings attached relationship with the people she encounters."
‑ Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat, Spirituality and Practice
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