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Sans toit ni loi

Sandrine Bonnaire stars in this heartbreaking account of a defiant, free-spirited woman.

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France 1985
Dir Agnès Varda
With Sandrine Bonnaire, Macha Méril, Yolande Moreau
English subtitles
Certificate 15
A Curzon Artificial Eye release

Winner of the Golden Lion at the Venice Film Festival, Vagabond is a cinematic landmark that introduced one of the most intriguing, complex and uncompromising female protagonists in modern cinema. Sandrine Bonnaire, who debuted in Maurice Pialat's À nos amours, gives a remarkable performance as the independent and rebellious Mona, who drifts through the South of France. The first scene shows Mona’s death, and so Agnès Varda tells her story through Mona’s interactions with the cross-section of French society she met in the last few weeks of her life. These encounters reveal people’s preconceptions around women’s place in society, personal freedoms within social structures, and the value of work – issues that still resonate more than 30 years after the film’s release.

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