Agnès Varda

One Sings, the Other Doesn’t

One Sings, the Other Doesn’t

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.

Film Info

  • Agnès Varda
  • France
  • 1977
  • 121 minutes
  • Color
  • 1.66:1
  • French
  • Spine #978

Director-Approved Special Edition Features

  • New 2K digital restoration, supervised by director Agnès Varda and cinematographer Charlie Van Damme, with uncompressed monaural soundtrack on the Blu-ray
  • Women Are Naturally Creative: Agnès Varda, a 1977 documentary directed by Katja Raganelli, featuring an interview with Varda shot during the making of the film, plus on-set interviews with actors Valérie Mairesse and Thérèse Liotard
  • Réponse de femmes, a 1975 short film by Varda, on the question “What is a woman?”
  • Plaisir d’amour en Iran, a 1976 short film by Varda, starring Mairesse and Ali Raffi
  • Trailer
  • New English subtitle translation
  • PLUS: An essay by critic Amy Taubin and excerpts from the film’s original press book

New cover by Michel Landi

Purchase Options

Special Features

  • New 2K digital restoration, supervised by director Agnès Varda and cinematographer Charlie Van Damme, with uncompressed monaural soundtrack on the Blu-ray
  • Women Are Naturally Creative: Agnès Varda, a 1977 documentary directed by Katja Raganelli, featuring an interview with Varda shot during the making of the film, plus on-set interviews with actors Valérie Mairesse and Thérèse Liotard
  • Réponse de femmes, a 1975 short film by Varda, on the question “What is a woman?”
  • Plaisir d’amour en Iran, a 1976 short film by Varda, starring Mairesse and Ali Raffi
  • Trailer
  • New English subtitle translation
  • PLUS: An essay by critic Amy Taubin and excerpts from the film’s original press book

New cover by Michel Landi

One Sings, the Other Doesn’t
Cast
Valérie Mairesse
Pauline/Pomme
Thérèse Liotard
Suzanne
Ali Raffi
Darius
Robert Dadiès
Jérôme
Jean-Pierre Pellegrin
Pierre
Credits
Director
Agnès Varda
Written by
Agnès Varda
Cinematography by
Charlie Van Damme
Music by
François Wertheimer
Music by
Orchidée
Song lyrics by
Agnès Varda
Film editing by
Joële Van Effenterre
Sound by
Henri Morelle
Art direction by
Frankie Diago