One Sings, the Other Doesn’t (1977)

(L’une chante, l’autres pas)

A light feminist streak runs through Agnes Varda’s “One Sings, the Other Doesn’t,” a tale of female friendship. It spans 14 years in the relationship between two very different women. Pauline (Valerie Mairesse) is a middle-class city girl, at odds with her very conventional and bourgeois family. Suzanne (Therese Liotard) is several years older, a country girl with two illegitimate children and another on the way.

Pauline loans Suzanne money for an illegal abortion. At this point, due to social circumstances, the two femmes separate and communicate mainly through postcards. Years later, they meet at an abortion rally, and they have many adventures and stories to share.


Running time: 120 minutes.
Directed By: Agnès Varda
March 9, 1977.