Vagabond - NOT LIKE US? - NFTS15

Vagabond - NOT LIKE US? - NFTS

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  • Sat 25 Sep
  • 107 minutes
  • Director: Agnès Varda
  • Cast: Sandrine Bonnaire, Macha Méril, Stéphane Freiss
  • France (1985)


Sandrine Bonnaire takes on the lead role of Mona in Agnès Varda’s 1985 feature, Vagabond (Sans toit ni loi), in which we first encounter her lifeless and frozen to death on the side of a road during a blisteringly cold winter in France. Varda herself summarised the plot as: ‘Dirty, grumpy girl goes for a long, furious walk and dies in a ditch. Through flashbacks, the film traces Mona's life before her death, showing her interactions with strangers passing judgment without ever really getting to know her. The translation of the title is “without roof nor law”, which is poignantly embodied as Mona drifts across the land, decisive in her choice to be on the road and adapt to the world around her day by day.  Having received a glowing reception at Venice during its release, Vagabond continues to stand as one of Varda’s most memorable works.

Season Title: Not Like Us? A selection of films drawn from the vibrant cinematic representation of female misfits on screen, exploring questions around identity, conformity, and community. In partnership with The National Film and Television School and The Genesis.

Curator: Elle Haywood, MA Student in Film Studies, Programming, and Curation at the NFTS.