It's season five of Paul and Corey Cross the Streams! This year, Paul and Corey have decided to try something a bit different: Instead of monthly themes, they've decided to improvise. Each subsequent episode will in some way be linked to the one that preceded it.
Based on Corey's The 15:17 to Paris (2018), Paul wanted to keep it in Paris. And so... One Sings, The Other Doesn't (1977).
The film is directed and written by "one of the Gods of cinema" Agnès Varda - preeminent member of the Left Bank/French New Wave film movement. Varda's style wove documentary and narrative storytelling in an intuitive and overtly feminine way.
One Sings, The Other Doesn't tells the story of two friends - Pomme/Apple (nee Pauline) and Suzanne - as they make their way into and through adulthood. It spans the course of 14 years of their lives together, following the Women's Liberation movement and the legalization of abortion in France.
As Varda put it, "My message sounds better when it's sung," and the film is sort of a dreamy musical, with lyrics also written by Varda.
You should absolutely watch this film.
This Episode's Focus: One Sings, The Other Doesn't (1977)
Host's Choice: Paul Pakler
Stream on The Criterion Channel, Max, Amazon Prime
Corey's Recipe Recommendations for This Episode: Hazelnut Gelato and Jamba Juice's Strawberries Wild
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