One Sings, the Other Doesn’t

Pauline, a 17-year-old rebellious girl, sings in her high school club and wants to drop out. Suzanne, 22, has to raise alone her 2 children. As the 60’s explode, they both fight for becoming women.

L'Une chante l'autre pas
France, Belgium 1977
  • Czech
128 min.

The intertwined lives of two women, set against the progress of the women's movement in which Agnès Varda was involved. Two young girls live in Paris in 1962. Pauline (17), a student, dreams of leaving her family to become a singer. Suzanne (22) is looking after her two children and coping with the tragedy of their father's suicide. Life separates them; each lives her own struggle as a woman. Pauline became a singer in a militant travelling band after a difficult marriage in Iran. Suzanne has worked her way out of poverty and now works at Family Planning. Ten years later, they meet again at a feminist demonstration. At the end of this chronicle, we find them together again, with their grown-up children.

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Director: Agnès Varda
Screenplay: Agnès Varda
Cinematography: Charles Van Damme
Music: François Wertheimer
Sound: Henri Morelle
Editing: Joële Van Effenterre, Patricia Mazuy
Production Design: Franckie Diago
Costumes: Franckie Diago
Cast: Thérèse Liotard, Valérie Mairesse, Robert Dadiès, Mona Mairesse, Francis Lemaire, François Courbin, Ali Rafie, Gisèle Halimi, Salomé Wimille, Nicole Clément