One Sings, the Other Doesn’t

One Sings, the Other Doesn’t

Criterion Collection Edition #978

In the early 1960s in Paris, two young women become friends. Pomme is an aspiring singer. Suzanne is a pregnant country girl unable to support a third child. Pomme lends Suzanne the money for an illegal abortion, but a sudden tragedy soon separates them. Ten years later, they reunite at a demonstration and pledge to keep in touch via postcard, as each of their lives is irrevocably changed by the women’s liberation movement. A buoyant hymn to sisterly solidarity rooted in the hard-won victories of a generation of women, ONE SINGS, THE OTHER DOESN’T is one of Agnès Varda’s warmest and most politically trenchant films, a feminist musical for the ages.

One Sings, the Other Doesn’t
  • One Sings, the Other Doesn't

    Directed by Agnès Varda • 1977 • France
    Starring Valérie Mairesse, Thérèse Liotard, Ali Raffi

    In the early 1960s in Paris, two young women become friends. Pomme is an aspiring singer. Suzanne is a pregnant country girl unable to support a third child. Pomme lends Suzanne the money for an illegal...

Extras

  • Women Are Naturally Creative: Agnès Varda

    This 1977 documentary by Katja Raganelli features an interview with director Agnès Varda, filmed on the set of ONE SINGS, THE OTHER DOESN'T and at her home in Paris, plus brief interviews with actors Valérie Mairesse and Thérèse Liotard.

  • Réponse de femmes

    This 1975 short film by Agnès Varda was commissioned by the French television channel Antenne 2, which asked seven female filmmakers each to make a film in response to the question "What is a woman?"

  • Plaisir d’amour en Iran

    In this 1977 short film by Agnès Varda, Pauline and Darius explore the city of Isfahan, Iran.