Film - Feature | December 29 | 4:30 p.m. | Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive
Varda created a chilling fiction around the true story of a young woman who froze to death in the south of France, the proverbial land of sunshine. She approaches the story of Mona (Sandrine Bonnaire)a young dropout with only a backpack and tent to her name, who wanders south for the winterfrom the stance of the curious journalist. Thus this film of elegant clarity, while moving, is finally devastating in the crucial distance it takes. We know nothing of Monas past; while on the road, she makes the few contacts needed to stay alive and, occasionally, to stay humana sexual liaison, a laugh over a smoke and a bottle of winebut no one is allowed in. It is Sandrine Bonnaires triumph that we, too, are shut out yet affected by this girl so indifferent to everyone around her. Monas soft belligerence is a badge of an uncompromising ideal that can lead only to death; the film is a profound portrait of the will to alienation.
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