5x2 (2004) - Rotten Tomatoes

5x2 (2004)



Critic Consensus: Five scenes from a marriage, deftly and poignantly presented.

Movie Info

The rise and fall of one couple's marriage goes under the microscope in this drama from French filmmaker François Ozon. Gilles (Stephane Freis) and Marion (Valeria Bruni-Tedeschi) have filed for divorce following several years of marriage, and after the judge declares their union is over, the film follows the couple through five lengthy flashbacks, presented in reverse chronological order, in which glimpses of their lives together are shown, ending with the couple meeting for the first time. As the film follows the peaks and valleys of Gilles and Marion's relationship, viewers witness a few of the many small events that make up a marriage.more
Rating: R (for strong graphic sexuality, language and some drug content.)
Genre: Drama, Romance, Art House & International
Directed By:
Written By: Emmanuelle Bernheim, François Ozon, Emmanuèle Bernheim
In Theaters:
On DVD: Oct 25, 2005
Box Office: $15.7k
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Antoine Chappey
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Jason Tavassoli
as American man
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Critic Reviews for 5x2

All Critics (74) | Top Critics (26)

A cool, sometimes chilly dissection of one couple's relationship.

Full Review… | August 18, 2005
Atlanta Journal-Constitution
Top Critic

Gilles and Marion may be more than the sum of their regrets, but because their creator hasn't done the math, they remain touching stick figures.

Full Review… | July 29, 2005
Boston Globe
Top Critic

Stripping away the extraneous details that etch great screen characters in our minds forever, Mr. Ozon pinpoints key moments in the life of a pair of married Parisians that leave the viewer paralyzed with boredom and confusion.

July 28, 2005
New York Observer
Top Critic

Ozon, as he's shown in his many recent films (particularly Under the Sand), knows a thing or two about love and loss; 5x2 achingly demonstrates both.

Full Review… | July 22, 2005
Seattle Times
Top Critic

Unwinds with absolute clarity and sure style, and Freiss and Bruni-Tedeschi make an interesting couple, if not a truly memorable one.

Full Review… | July 7, 2005
Chicago Tribune
Top Critic

The acting of both leads is good, at times more than that, but you feel that you've already seen every scene they're in, in countless other movies.

Full Review… | March 1, 2007
Film Journal International

Audience Reviews for 5x2

Moving study of a relationship in reverse which highlights the inherent fragility of emotional bonds

Gordon Anderson

Super Reviewer

Average French drama-little romance movie at the present backward to the past story of a couple - Marion and Gilles.

Dean McKenna

Super Reviewer


A difficult film made more so by these completely self-absorbed, unlikeable characters. When first we see Marion (Valeria Bruni-Tedeschi) and Gilles (Stephane Freiss), they are in a judgeâ??s chambers as he reads the divorce decree that will terminate their short, mercurial marriage. In a series of scenes that march time backwards, we see the seeds of this breakup as they are sown, but not until the final scene, which is first in the sequence of events, do we realize how doomed this relationship was from the beginning. The methodology employed is certainly interesting and keeps one going, looking for the point at which hope was still alive, but the desolate answer is not the one we had wished for. The scenery, in some of the earlier (story-wise) locales, was quite lovely and the viewer is treated to some wonderful cinematography. The film certainly benefited from strong direction from Francois Ozon. But one ultimately wishes that these people were more sympathetic so that one could sense the tragedy more honestly. Not a lot of fun, and a whole lot of bad choices.

Mark Abell
Mark Abell

Super Reviewer

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