Vagabond Vagabond
  • France
  • 1985
  • 105 minutes
  • Color
  • 1.66:1
  • French
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  • Spine #74

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.

Disc Features

  • New restored high-definition digital transfer, supervised and approved by director Agnes Varda
  • Remembrances (2003), a documentary on the making of the film, including interviews with Sandrine Bonnaire and other cast members
  • The Story of an Old Lady (2003), a short piece in which Varda revisits actress Marthe Jarnias, who plays the old aunt in the film
  • Music and Dolly Shots, (2003), a conversation between Varda and composer Joanna Bruzdowicz
  • A 1986 radio interview with Varda and writer Nathalie Sarraute, who inspired the film
  • Theatrical trailer
  • New and improved English subtitle translation
  • PLUS: A new essay by Chris Darke and written introduction by Agnes Varda

Film Essays

Vagabond: Freedom and Dirt

By Chris Darke January 21, 2008

Funny how certain films come back to haunt you. I was a student in late 1980s London when I first saw Sans toit ni loi, and I remember liking everything about it. The terse English title . . . Read more »


Film Essays

Vagabond

By Sandy Flitterman-Lewis May 15, 2000

Vagabond has been called Agnès Varda’s Ulysses, and with good reason. The comparison with James Joyce’s era-defining epic novel extends well beyond a recognizable similarity between the two . . . Read more »

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Clippings

AGNÈS’S SANDS OF TIME

July 02, 2009

This week, Agnès Varda’s beguiling new film, the autobiographical documentary The Beaches of Agnès, makes its U.S. premiere at New York’s Film Forum, and for the occasion A. O. Scott has . . . Read more »


Film Essays

Vagabond: Freedom and Dirt

By Chris Darke January 21, 2008

Funny how certain films come back to haunt you. I was a student in late 1980s London when I first saw Sans toit ni loi, and I remember liking everything about it. The terse English title . . . Read more »


Film Essays

Vagabond

By Sandy Flitterman-Lewis May 15, 2000

Vagabond has been called Agnès Varda’s Ulysses, and with good reason. The comparison with James Joyce’s era-defining epic novel extends well beyond a recognizable similarity between the two . . . Read more »