Oury Milshtein

Oury Milshtein

Oury Milshtein Quick Links

Film RSS

Vagabond Review


Excellent
The English title of Agnès Varda's 1985 masterpiece is accurate enough: The film tells the story of Mona (Sandrine Bonnaire), a young homeless woman who wanders the French countryside during the course of one winter, scrounging for food and shelter before she freezes to death in a ditch. But I prefer the French title, "Without Roof or Rule," because it better encapsulates what Varda successfully does: provide a sort of essay about the meaning of freedom, not just a film about aimless roving. Mona's free-spiritedness has a seductive quality - she seems to generate envy in just about everybody who crosses her path. But Varda powerfully shows how there's an inherent brutality to living without rules, and she does it without ever devolving into melodrama or didacticism.

Mona isn't a particularly likeable heroine. Wearing a perpetual smirk and constantly angling for a sandwich or a handout, Bonnaire's portrayal is downright feral, as if she's gotten to the core of basic human need. And she sadly devolves into the occasional act of self-degradation like sleeping with men for shelter. But she has a snotty, punkish character that makes her compelling to watch - and appealing to the people who cross her path. The brilliance of Vagabond is that while it's essentially a film about poverty, Mona collapses class distinctions. She works in a vineyard with other poor laborers, but she also lives large in a chateau and gets taken in by a well-to-do professor. In brief faux interviews interspersed in the film, people who've met her reminisce about how much more interesting their lives became because Mona was briefly part of it.

Continue reading: Vagabond Review

Oury Milshtein

Oury Milshtein Quick Links

Film RSS

Occupation

Filmmaker


Suggested

Album Of The Week: The 45th Anniversary of 'Low' By David Bowie

Album Of The Week: The 45th Anniversary of 'Low' By David Bowie

On the 14th January 1977 David Bowie surprised everyone yet again with one of his most extraordinary records when he released his 11th studio album,...

Upcoming Releases: Check out our five favourite new albums due for release in January

Upcoming Releases: Check out our five favourite new albums due for release in January

As 2022 begins and New Year's resolutions are made, and just as quickly broken, the first batch of eagerly awaited new musical releases are set to...

Atom Eyes talk to us about fusing genres, avoiding cliches, collaborating with Thom Yorke and the potential to be found in the recycling bin [EXCLUSIV

Atom Eyes talk to us about fusing genres, avoiding cliches, collaborating with Thom Yorke and the potential to be found in the recycling bin [EXCLUSIV

Having just released their feel good, and irresistibly funky - "guaranteed winter blues killer", Roll The Dice, Edinburgh's Atom Eyes are seeing out...

Advertisement
GARGALO talks to us about being an early years teacher, collaborating with Ed Droste from Grizzly Bear and starting from scratch again. [EXCLUSIVE]

GARGALO talks to us about being an early years teacher, collaborating with Ed Droste from Grizzly Bear and starting from scratch again. [EXCLUSIVE]

When he's not focused on his on-line tuition, or stuck in the back of his brothers van mixing his latest compositions, GARGALO (Bruno G. Roth) is to...

Upcoming Releases: Our Favourite Five New Albums Due Out In November 202130

Upcoming Releases: Our Favourite Five New Albums Due Out In November 202130

As the days get progressively colder and shorter November ushers in celebrations of light, gunpowder and treason as well as bringing with it some...

October 2021 Favourites: As Autumn arrived it was most definitely time to 'Prioritise Pleasure' and follow 'The Path Of The Clouds'

October 2021 Favourites: As Autumn arrived it was most definitely time to 'Prioritise Pleasure' and follow 'The Path Of The Clouds'

If all things were equal then Ed Sheeran may have made the cut for our final five favourite new album releases of October, but they're not, and he...

Advertisement

Oury Milshtein Movies

Artists
Actors
    Filmmakers
      Artists
      Bands
        Musicians
          Artists
          Celebrities
             
              Artists
              Interviews