Cinema: On the Road Vagabond

Directed and Written by Agnes Varda

Mona, if that is her real name, is a woman in her late teens wandering the south of France. But she is no ordinary postadolescent backpacker, for the season is bone-chilling winter, and she is not on a voyage of self-discovery prior to beginning graduate school. She has no home, no friends and no history she cares to discuss--even with herself. Her thoughts are focused on such basic matters as food and shelter.

Agnes Varda's remarkable film Vagabond begins with Mona's end (she is found frozen to death in a ditch) and then recounts the last months of her life through...

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