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One Sings, the Other Doesn’t

Varda’s mid-career film, dripping in garish ’70s color schemes, is a paean to female friendship and solidarity across artificial boundaries. The old friendship of free-spirited Pauline (Valérie Mairesse) and down-to-earth Suzanne (Thérèse Liotard) re-forms in the early ’60s after Pauline visits a photography show staged by Suzanne’s partner. Over the years, the two women weave in and out of each other’s lives, which take wildly divergent yet intricately connected paths. Varda charts their experiences as a series of dichotomies, Pauline and Suzanne working hard to understand the other’s experiences while attending to their own worldviews and major life events. One Sings, the Other Doesn’t is a complex, layered portrait of two women in the thick of political turmoil and social upheaval. “In politics, or as feminists, there are different ways in which we can work. If you want to make a feminist film, you can work outside the system, in the underground, and you can make a very radical statement, but even if your message is very good, you will reach perhaps five thousand people. You will never reach the mass of women.”—Agnès Varda.

Genres: Drama

Other Films by Agnès Varda

Faces Places

Much as she did with her much-loved classic The Gleaners and I (2000), this whimsical yet profound road trip through the French countryside offers a beautiful meditation on the journey through life and the kindred spirits you meet along the way. Eighty-eight year-old Agnès Varda, with her companion,  acclaimed 33-year-old visual artist JR, tour rural

Cléo from 5 to 7

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Kung-Fu Master

Varda’s son Mathieu Demy stars alongside Jane Birkin and Charlotte Gainsbourg in this tender look inside a mother-daughter-boy love triangle of sorts. Lucy (Gainsbourg) and Julien (Demy), 14-year-old schoolmates, have a kind of on-again, off-again relationship—tentative, at times cruel, at times sweet; in short, a teenage romance. But when Julien takes a liking to Lucy’s

Jane B. Par Agnès V.

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