To celebrate the life and work of director Agnès Varda we are screening Venice Film Festival winner Vagabond (Sans toit ni loi)
Perhaps the best known of Varda’s mid-career films is Vagabond, an emotionally hard-hitting film that mixes fact and fiction to provoke a reaction from the audience by forcing viewers to question their social responsibility. It won multiple awards and critical acclaim for its confrontational approach, with Varda stating that this is the first film where she felt her politics and filmmaking intersected to satisfying ends.
Mona, a beautiful rebel without a cause, is the focus of this vérité drama, which traces the last few days of a homeless drifter who – at the start of the film – is found dead in a ditch. A committedlead performance from Sandrine Bonnaire as the foul-mouthed and unapologetic teenager is mesmerising. Varda spent time researching for Vagabond by meeting with vagrants (a few appear in the film), and one particularly touching moment occurs when an older gentleman converses with a homeless woman (a young female drifter Varda met on the road) and they find out they have more in common than expected.