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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 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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This film is part of the Criterion Collection, spine #978. See more »

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Featured in Women Make Film: A New Road Movie Through Cinema (2018) See more »

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Sweeping Saga
5 June 2019 | by larrys3See all my reviews

The highly acclaimed French filmmaker Agnes Varda, who recently passed at the age of 90, wrote and directed this sweeping saga. It centers on the friendship of Pauline (Valerie Mairesse) and Suzanne (Therese Liotard) over the course of two decades the 1960's and 70's.

The two women will occasionally meet over the years but a lot of their communication will be by postcard. They're both active feminists and willing to help other women with pregnancies and actions to take against what they consider to be oppressive abortion laws, giving the film relevance in today's times.

Overall, I just found this movie to be bristling with vitality, but presented in a low-key style, as the two women grapple with relationships, families, and life itself. The acting by Mairesse and Liotard, and the supporting cast, is natural and their characters believable, in my opinion. For those viewers that enjoy sweeping foreign films there's a lot to like here.


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Country:

France | Soviet Union

Language:

English | Dutch | Persian | 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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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$6,700, 3 June 2018

Gross USA:

$19,919

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$19,919
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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Eastmancolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
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