Paris, 1962. Pauline, a rebellious 17-year-old, sings in her high school club, wanting to drop out. Suzanne, 22, is taking care of her children and dealing with the suicide of their father. Life is separating them from each other as the 60s explode; and each see theirs as a women’s struggle.
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Baudelaire stares at the camera while a weeping woman sits to feed a toddler. This film is gentle as a tear, salty as sweat. Varda takes the delicious apple back to its realistic roots. A very delicate manifesto on being, being a woman in the 20th century and nowadays.
a certified varda masterpiece. this film has it all, the sorrow and sadness of real life, while it also presents the happiness, ecstasy and unpredictable nature of love. furthermore this is a full blown investigation of feminism and she also seems to go so far to parody it in the final act. some perfectly composed performances, and characterisations which are wonderfully judged make this is a magum opus.
Starts out so great and then it goes on and on and on. By the time the epilogue started, with Varda telling us what became of all the characters, I couldn't care less. A ton of bad hippie folk songs also make this a hard watch, not to mention the (deliberately?) unsynched dialogue, as tho we were watching a poorly dubbed film. Except it was made in French and the dialogue's in French, so I don't know whats up w that.
Somewhat dated feminist jargon with a wonderful central friendship between two women mainly marred by a weak song score and a character very hard to like (Apple). Like most of Varda's work the charm of the script compensates for its shortcomings in story or characterization. Considering it was made in 1977 its strong stance on abortion rights was incredibly brave and politically strong.
A story of female solidarity set against the growing women's movement is hurt by a plot that seems contrived and with not enough heart.
Plus,couldn't Pomme have been a better singer with less laughable songs?
VARDA & MAIRESSE s'unissent pour chanter, militer, refaire le monde et défendre la condition des femmes. Drôle, sympa, entraînant, tonique ... et toujours d'actualité. Bravo Agnès ! ==== VARDA & MAIRESSE unite to sing, to militate, to remake the world and to defend the condition of the women. Funny, friendly, enthusiastic, tonic ... and always topical. Congratulations Agnes!
4.5 So glad to get a chance to watch this. Adored every minute. So rare to see two women's lives explored honestly, warts and all, without conforming to government film censorship standards. Great reminder of how dangerous it is for women when their right to legal abortion is non-existent. Loved the contrast between the two women. Just like the twists and turns of long-lasting friendships in real life.