One Sings, the Other Doesn't

One Sings, the Other Doesn't ★★★★

le courage des femmes

Varda never disappoints, and though this may not be my personal favorite of her films, I think One Sings, the Other Doesn’t might be her most gentle and poignant. It is a feminist work, there is no question about it, but to simply call it an example of feminist filmmaking doesn’t quite do it justice. This is a film about friendship and resilience and music and love and life. While it may be inherently feminist, I think Varda had a bit more on her mind. This is a love letter to all women—not only does it represent liberation and personal freedom, but it is a presentation of femininity as beautiful, complex, lively and infinite. As the final frame indicates, the film is not limited to our protagonists and their lives; there is a whole new generation of women who will come of age and begin their lives, and they well create another generation, then another and so on. When you talk about timeless and true cinema, you must talk about Agnès Varda, and this should be the one that you think of.

I’d also like to take a moment to praise both the cinematography and musical numbers. Each of these technical elements are so masterfully put together; the framing is otherworldly-good and the songs Apple sings are not only loaded with so much meaning and potency, but they are so catchy and well-written as well. I really enjoyed this movie, and I think I’ll like it more and more each time I see it. Varda lives!

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