Sans Toit ni Loi (1985)

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Director: Agnès Varda
Cast: Sandrine Bonnaire, Macha Méril, Stéphane Freiss


The story, pieced together from interviews with those who met her during the last weeks of her life, of a girl found frozen to death in a ditch in Provence.

The Review

There is sentiment here, though it is hard won and does not come from the uncompromisingly tough portayal by Bonnaire of a girl who has placed herself beyond reach. It both paints a political picture of France at the time, while allowing room for the existential aspects of the narrative to breathe at the expense of more mundane matters. Undeniably sharp but about a reel too long.