Accompanying the Norton Simon’s current exhibition “The Sweetness of Life: Three 18th-Century French Paintings from The Frick Collection” (on view through September 9), film critic Peter Rainer put together a series of movies by French women directors, whose movies themselves have focused on aspects of the female experience.

The films conclude with tonight’s presentation of avant-garde classic, Agnès Varda’s Vagabond (1985), which like the others in the series will be introduced with remarks from Rainer. Vagabond offers a flash-back narrative structure, telling the episodic story of the protagonist’s increasingly dangerous and untethered existence which begins with a poetic, subversive quest for freedom and tragically ends in her death.

Norton Simon Museum, 411 W. Colorado Blvd., Pasadena; Fri., Aug. 2, 5:50 p.m.; free with $15 museum admission. (626) 449-6840),

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