ONE SINGS, THE OTHER DOESN’T (Agnès Varda, 1977)

In 1962, Suzanne and photographer Jérôme can barely afford the two children they have; pregnant, Suzanne seeks money for an abortion. Pauline, a teen neighbor, secures money from a singing gig. (Jérôme commits suicide.) The two women remain friends for the ensuing fifteen years, meeting again ten years later at an abortion rights rally. Reproductive […]

LES GLANEURS ET LA GLANEUSE (Agnès Varda, 2000)

Ten years after the death of spouse Jacques Demy, the restoration of whose work (including the gorgeous, poignant 1964 musical Umbrellas of Cherbourg) she has tirelessly supervised, Belgian-born Agnès Varda has arrived at her own masterpiece. It’s a road picture (“a wandering-road documentary,” Varda has called it), as was her stunning Vagabond (1985)—only, this time […]