Varda's epic second-wave feminist saga. Loved it - till it overstayed its welcome and kept going past the point where it should've ended. (And loved it again - briefly - when they sang a song called Papa Engels!) Far too reproductively-focused and "natural" to really speak to their urban gen-x kids (like me)... But, as often with Varda's overtly feminist films, offers insights into our movement's earlier days.
Una película sobre la femineidad haciéndose cómplice a propósito de una negligencia masculina. Apasionante cómo la tragedia pega a inicio, pero luego el tiempo termina por enmendar. Los personajes maduran. Nada es en vano. Es un cálido relato sobre la amistad. Es además un filme generacional y de aspiraciones feministas. Curioso el personaje del padre soltero. Aquí no se trata de la guerra de los sexos. Hay equidad.
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.
(2.5 stars) "One sings badly, the other is the only reason to watch this movie." Yeah, a lot of bad musical performances that are just annoying. The narrative is engaging to begin with, but then the story just meanders too much and ultimately the ending comes far too late and doesn't work. I appreciate the attempt and purpose of this film, but the execution is very poor.
One Sings, the Other Doesn’t, This film is done exceptionally well. By showing the friendship between these two seemly opposite women and their struggles, this film creates a bond between the two that is really well received. Also have the underlying arch of feminist ideals was done cleverly through song. Overall this was a great film to watch.
"Enjoy your authority, it's going to be over soon," snaps teenaged Pauline to her father, setting the unapologetic, feminist PSA tone early (this passes the Bechdel test with flying colors). Tackling abortion (a theme that looms large for both leads, Suzanne and Apple neé Pauline) and gender roles with witty, frank dialogue, there's refreshing solidarity between the female characters. Musical interludes, too.
magnifique plaidoyer féministe mais pas que..de la douceur, de la rondeur dans ce parcours chaotique de la vie de femmes... Une qui chante l'autre pas, mais une quête identique celle de se trouver femme, à se vivre. et aujourd'hui le combat n'est pas terminé BRAVO Agnes
This film is remarkable. A cogent realization of feminism at its peak. No wonder the reviews break down by sex, where else are songs about abortion, pregnancy, life in Iran, and kids... The nod to Engels is great. One review suggests Varda’s films is a response to Umbrellas, only 12 years and many films later. I want to see Lessing’s review, or Alice Munro’s or J.C. Oates, this is a lifestyle, a state of mind.
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.