Episode 28: Agnès Varda’s Vagabond (1985)

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In this episode, I examine Agnès Varda’s 1985 film, “Vagabond”. It won the Golden Lion at the Venice Film Festival and Sandrine Bonnaire won a César Award for her performance as Mona Bergeron, a drifter in Southern France who ends up dead due to exposure to cold. The film begins with Mona’s death and then goes backward, exploring her life through the various people she met while on the road. In the episode, I talk about the making of the film, Varda’s own thoughts about the film and the character of Mona, and I dig into various issues that the film explores, like the lives of vagabonds, the dangers that women face on the road, the meaning of freedom, and much more.

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