One Sings The Other Doesn't (12A)

One Sings The Other Doesn't
Triple F-Rated

This film is Triple F-Rated

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From the archive

This film was last shown on 4 October 2018

When Agnès Varda made One Sings, the Other Doesn’t in 1977, abortion was only two years legal in France – thanks to the Veil law, for which Varda herself had taken to the streets.

Pauline (aka Pomme) sings, travelling the country to perform feminist songs, while her childhood friend Suzanne (who doesn’t sing), runs a women’s health clinic.

Even rarer than a film that demystifies abortion, activism and breastfeeding is one where a constant female friendship, tender and intelligent, braids the narrative beautifully together. 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.

Agnes Varda
113 mins


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