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One Sings, the Other Doesn't (1977)

L'une chante l'autre pas (original title)
Not Rated | | Drama, History | 9 March 1977 (France)
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The lives of Pomme, an aspiring singer, and Suzanne, a struggling mother, as they search for their own identity in 1970s France.

Director:

Agnès Varda

Writer:

Agnès Varda
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Thérèse Liotard ... Suzanne Galibier - puis Aubanel
Valérie Mairesse ... Pauline alias Pomme
Robert Dadiès Robert Dadiès ... Jérôme
Mona Mairesse Mona Mairesse ... La mère de Pomme
Francis Lemaire Francis Lemaire ... Le père de Pomme
François Courbin François Courbin ... Mathieu - 9 mois
Ali Rafie ... Darius
Gisèle Halimi Gisèle Halimi ... Gisèle Halimi
Salomé Wimille Salomé Wimille ... Marie - 3 ans
Nicole Clément Nicole Clément ... La prof de philo
Jean-Pierre Pellegrin Jean-Pierre Pellegrin ... Docteur Pierre Aubanel
Joëlle Papineau Joëlle Papineau ... Joëlle
Micou Papineau Micou Papineau ... Micou
Doudou Greffier Doudou Greffier ... Doudou
Dane Porret Dane Porret ... Le rocker yéyé
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The intertwined lives of two women in 1970s France, set against the progress of the women's movement in which Agnes Varda was involved. Pomme and Suzanne meet when Pomme helps Suzanne obtain an abortion after a third pregnancy which she cannot afford. They lose contact but meet again ten years later. Pomme has become an unconventional singer, Suzanne a serious community worker - despite the contrast they remain friends and share in the various dramas of each others' lives, in the process affirming their different female identities. Written by Alison Smith <mla22@cc.keele.ac.uk>

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Drama | History

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Language:

French

Release Date:

9 March 1977 (France) See more »

Also Known As:

One Sings, the Other Doesn't See more »

Filming Locations:

Paris, France See more »

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Opening Weekend USA:

$6,700, 3 June 2018

Gross USA:

$19,919

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$19,919
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Runtime:

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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Eastmancolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
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It's a long way from Cleo.
26 January 2000 | by alice liddellSee all my reviews

Without being accused of gratuitous nastiness (as rightly prohibited in the IMDb guidelines), can I just say how disappointing, to the point of hostility, I found this film, especially as I think its director's brilliant early work is in desperate need of re-evaluation. This film has none of her virtues - the mix of spontaneity with supreme formal control; the contrast between the privileging of heroine's subjectivity and ironic objectivity.

Instead, this is a formless, rambling picaresque, using two female friends to chart feminism throughout the 60s and 70s. Many of the film's arguments seem to me anti-feminist; the songs are largely sub-Joan Baez and intolerable; the lack of any ironic intelligence countering the optimism and platitudes is patronising; and I still can't believe the rather tactless Eurovision-style song about abortion.


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