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Following Mona in Vagabond

by Veronica Paredes

This early scene from Sans toit ni loi (Vagabond) features many of filmmaking techniques weaved throughout the film. From a dolly / tracking shot that follows Mona (played by Sandrine Bonnaire) to the direct address, documentary style interviews with characters Mona encounters on the road.

Dolly Shot in Vagabond

An early scene from Agnès Varda's Sans toit ni loi follows the main character, Mona (Sandrine Bonnaire). Traveling by foot and sleeping outside in a tent through the winter, Mona is both untethered and unprotected. In the direct address dialogue from the mechanic, he says: "When she showed up, she had a big backpack. She was looking for work. For 30 francs, I gave her a car to wash. Got her hands clean, at least. I would have let her pump gas, but I didn't trust her. Female drifters, all alike, just loafers and men-chasers."

from Sans toit ni loi (Vagabond) (1985)
Creator: Agnès Varda
Distributor: Criterion Collection
Posted by Veronica Paredes