“A masterpiece, clearly one of the finest films in many a year.”
Winner of the Golden Lion (Venice Film Festival), Vagabond opens with the discovery of Mona's frozen corpse in a vineyard. Varda resurrects her mysterious young heroine through the recollections of those who paid 'witness' to her last weeks.
What transpires is a defiant, headstrong young woman, played with steely-eyed authenticity by Sandrine Bonnaire. Purposefully living on the margins of society, Mona elicits strong reactions and embodies numerous meanings; from the young men who see her as 'easy prey' to those who see sorrow, and others a beacon of freedom.
There is an undeniable Citizen Kane-esque approach to Vagabond. Varda said, "What makes Citizen Kane so interesting is the way (Welles) told us about the man - intriguing us about what people think about him." These multiple 'voices' that Varda presents mirror the audiences emotional responses watching Mona's final weeks.
Bold and uncompromising, to witness Varda and Bonnaire's Mona is to be jolted from the middle class comforts of the cinema chair. Varda infuses Mona with such complexity that it’s impossible not to feel vindicated, shamed and inspired all at once.
Please note: this screening will take place at The Capitol while ACMI at Fed Square is closed for redevelopment.