AGNÈS VARDA: ONE SINGS, THE OTHER DOESN’T

AGNES VARDA

L’UNE CHANTE, L’AUTRE PAS

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Screening in our Agnés Varda season September 8th to 19th. Click for more info.

This film is F-Rated. Find out more here.

The 1970s was a less prolific period for Varda, due in part to the demands of raising a family and temporarily moving to California with husband Jacques Demy, yet this quasi-musical stands as one of her most distinctive films.

Two women, Pomme (Valérie Mairesse) and Suzanne (Thérèse Liotard), form a close bond when Pomme helps Suzanne secure an illegal abortion. Varda explores their contrasting yet parallel lives over the years; Suzanne runs a family planning centre while Pomme sings with a campaigning, feminist folk group. It is of note that Varda signed the ‘Manifesto of the 343’ in 1971, a declaration for reproductive rights by women admitting to having had an abortion.

120 mins, France, 1977, Digital, Subtitled

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