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Directed by Agnès Varda

France 1985 105 mins. In French with English subtitles

In Varda’s own words a poetic soliloquy for an unknown woman, this 1985 masterpiece follows Mona (an unforgettable Sandrine Bonnaire), a woman wandering the French countryside, looking for something unspecified—perhaps safety, security, and happiness. Through a series of chance encounters with strangers (mostly non-actors), Mona moves through a world at once familiar and alien, in which her place is always just a step away from normalcy, which creates a piercing truth about the world and our interconnected social relations. With Vagabond, Varda follows a long line of exceptional films (since her 1954 debut) in fashioning a stunning work of formal innovation and one of the key films of 1980s French cinema. Winner of the Golden Lion (Best Film) at the 1985 Venice Film Festival and winner of the Best Actress Award at the 1986 César Awards.