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Two women, one with dark hair in a pink top and scarf, the other with blonde curls and grey jumpsuit, sit on a river bank.

Sunday Classic: One Sings, the Other Doesn't (12A)

Directed by: Agnès Varda
France/French (English subtitles) (1977)
Sunday 14 August 2022 1:30pm
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    Thérèse Liotard, Valérie Mairesse, Robert Dadiès

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    2 hours and 2 minutes

    Recommended Age:
    12A for infrequent strong language, moderate nudity, sex references

    When Agnès Varda made One Sings, the Other Doesn’t, her folk-pop abortion musical, in 1977, abortion was only two years legal in France – thanks to the Veil law, for which Varda herself had taken to the streets. 45 years on, One Sings… remains sadly as relevant as ever. 

    Charting the personal and political (and fashion) changes in two French women’s lives from the early 1960s to the mid-70s, One Sings is a joyous feminist anthem for the right to choose in all things, embroidered smocks included.

    Pauline (aka Pomme) sings, travelling the country to perform feminist songs, while Suzanne (who doesn’t sing), her childhood friend – whom Pauline helped fund an illegal abortion – runs a women’s health clinic. Even rarer than a film that demystifies activism, abortion, and breastfeeding is one where a constant female friendship, tender and intelligent, braids the narrative beautifully together. – Independent Cinema Office

    “The film is a breath of fresh air for simultaneously channeling radical attitudes and evading wallowing in bitter or toxic scenarios.”
    Carmen Gray, Village Voice
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