Genre Guesstimation – Vagabond (1985)

The idea behind this feature (Genre Guesstimation) is for me to watch a bunch of new movies (or ones that I haven’t seen many times) from the chosen monthly GG genre in order to expand my knowledge of movies within that particular genre.

This month’s genre has been chosen by Paul of the People’s Movies and we will be reviewing our favorite Loners in Film.

Please get me your submissions by the 25th of Mar by sending them to

Try to think out of the box! Great choice Paul!

Let’s see if I felt that this movie would be worthy of being in the company of my others favorite movies in the genre of Loners in Film……

“She blew in like the wind. No plans, no goals… No wishes, no wants… We suggested things to her. She didn’t want to do a thing. Wandering? That’s withering. By proving she’s useless, she helps a system she rejects. It’s not wandering, it’s withering.” – les Bergers

Number of Times Seen – 1 (3 Mar 2021)

Brief Synopsis – After the frozen body of a young woman is found, the story explains via flashback how she got to that situation.

My Take on it – This is a film that I came across by accident while researching films in this genre.

I knew nothing about the story and looked forward to seeing how things would play out based on the premise.

Unfortunately, the story is told in a very uninteresting way and it’s quite hard to care more about this main character who takes on a nomadic lifestyle yet doesn’t seem to actually fit with that kind of lifestyle.

The story uses flashbacks in quite an effective way as we slowly learn via the past and interviews with those she has encountered along her journey about how this tragedy ended up happening.

It’s too bad that they weren’t able to find a way to tell things in a more engaging fashion for the audience to get more interested in everything that happens here.

MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – The episodes in which the main character is involved are each marked off by a tracking shot, thirteen of them. (From IMDB)

Genre Grandeur Worthy? – Not really. Good premise, just not effective enough in the storytelling of these events.

Rating – BAFTA Worthy (5/10)


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