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One Sings, the Other Doesn't(L'une chante, l'autre pas)

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France, Soviet Union · 1977
2h 0m
Director Agnès Varda
Starring Thérèse Liotard, Valérie Mairesse, Robert Dadies, Mona Mairesse
Genre Drama

Pauline is a middle-class city girl at odds with her conventional family. Suzanne is several years older, a country girl with two illegitimate children and another on the way. Pauline loans Suzanne money for an illegal abortion. Years go by and they communicate mainly through postcards until finally, they meet again at an abortion rally.

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This powerful story of an unlikely friendship between two women was a trailblazer for its time in French cinema. The co-protagonists each offer a unique insight into femininity, powerlessness, and growing from a girl into a woman. The film also makes a thought-provoking explanation Varda's understanding of second-wave feminism in France. Highly recommend for anyone looking to explore Varda's later career.

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