One Sings, the Other Doesn't

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One Sings, the Other Doesn't
Directed byAgnès Varda
Produced byCiné Tamaris
Screenplay byAgnès Varda
StarringThérèse Liotard
Valérie Mairesse
Ali Raffi
Robert Dadiès
Music byFrançois Werthmeimer
CinematographyCharlie Van Damme
Distributed byCiné-Tamaris
Release date
1977 (France)
Running time
116 minutes

One Sings, the Other Doesn't (French: L'une chante, l'autre pas) is a 1977 French film written and directed by Agnès Varda that focuses on the lives of two women against the backdrop of the Women's Movement in 1970s France.


Pauline (Valérie Mairesse), a schoolgirl studying for her baccalaureate, wanders into a gallery and recognizes an old friend, Suzanne (Thérèse Liotard), in one of the photographs displayed. Suzanne has two children with the photographer and is expecting a third which she cannot afford to keep. In order to help raise funds for an abortion, Pauline lies to her parents about a school trip, and when they find out, she leaves home and begins working as a singer. The photographer commits suicide and Suzanne moves away to live with her parents on their farm. The two women lose touch for ten years but are reunited at a demonstration in 1972 and begin to correspond by postcard. Pauline, now known as Pomme (French: Apple), moves to Iran with her boyfriend Darius (Ali Rafie), but becomes dissatisfied with her life there and returns to France. Suzanne leaves the farm and opens a family planning clinic in Hyères, where she marries a local doctor.


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