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5x2 (5 x 2: Five Times Two) (2004)



Average Rating: 6.2/10
Reviews Counted: 68
Fresh: 44 | Rotten: 24

Five scenes from a marriage, deftly and poignantly presented.


Average Rating: 5.9/10
Critic Reviews: 22
Fresh: 13 | Rotten: 9

Five scenes from a marriage, deftly and poignantly presented.



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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

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

August 18, 2005 Full Review Source: Atlanta Journal-Constitution
Atlanta Journal-Constitution
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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.

July 29, 2005 Full Review Source: Boston Globe
Boston Globe
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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
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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.

July 22, 2005 Full Review Source: Seattle Times
Seattle Times
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Unwinds with absolute clarity and sure style, and Freiss and Bruni-Tedeschi make an interesting couple, if not a truly memorable one.

July 7, 2005 Full Review Source: Chicago Tribune
Chicago Tribune
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Neither Marion, with her melancholy stares, nor Gilles, with his detachment and his cigarettes, appears more than a character sketch.

July 7, 2005
Philadelphia Inquirer
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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.

March 1, 2007 Full Review Source: Film Journal International
Film Journal International

It ends where the story begins at an Italian seaside resort as the couple happily swim off together into the sunset at their first encounter.

February 4, 2006 Full Review Source: Ozus' World Movie Reviews
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

Deconstructing the breakup of a romance in reverse chronological order is no longer original; Pinter has done it in "Betrayal."

December 20, 2005 Full Review Source: EmanuelLevy.Com

Ozon has a studied, contemplative style at work here.

November 28, 2005 Full Review Source: Film Threat
Film Threat

Peeling off the emotional layers one by one, François Ozon's 5 X 2 reveals intimate snapshots of a relationship, simply but searingly.

November 18, 2005 Full Review Source: Urban Cinefile
Urban Cinefile

(...) Es de esas películas que vale quizá más por las reflexiones y debates que dispara entre las personas que como pieza cinematográfica en sí misma.

October 17, 2005 Full Review Source: Uruguay Total
Uruguay Total

The soulful Bruni-Tedeschi gives the impression that her beautiful face is bruised, even though it is blemish free; it's one of the best performances of the year.

October 14, 2005
Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN)

Even while we're flipping through the snapshots of two people's ultimate disenchantment with each other, it never feels tawdry or excessive or, for that matter, very interesting.

September 18, 2005 Full Review Source: Austin Chronicle
Austin Chronicle

We watch Marion and Gilles with a sort of clinical detachment, and it's difficult to really care.

September 16, 2005 Full Review Source: Kansas City Star
Kansas City Star

Doesn't feel like a gimmick at all. It feels like a natural introduction to the characters.

September 1, 2005 Full Review Source: Movie Habit
Movie Habit

Bruni-Tedeschi and Freiss give solid performances, though, and their physical transformations over time (a slight weight gain for her, facial hair for him) are convincing.

August 26, 2005 Full Review Source: Deseret News, Salt Lake City
Deseret News, Salt Lake City

The reverse-chronology gimmick ends up only serving up a trite observation that lies and mistrust are a poor foundation for a marriage.

August 26, 2005
Salt Lake Tribune

Valeria Bruni-Tedeschi's character is the one to watch throughout the film, as it is in her demeanor that we learn all the answers -- or all the questions, anyway.

August 25, 2005 Full Review Source:

The effect of the reverse sequencing is to make us view everything in the film -- even hopeful events like a marriage or the birth of a child -- with sadness.

August 11, 2005 Full Review Source: St. Paul Pioneer Press
St. Paul Pioneer Press

The story never delves deep enough into the characters to really say anything significant.

August 8, 2005 Full Review Source:

Like reading a book from which most of the connective chapters have been removed, backwards.

August 6, 2005 Full Review Source: One Guy's Opinion
One Guy's Opinion

Tedeschi delivers a radiant, multifaceted performance, and both leads eerily appear to get younger as the film heads into the past.

July 29, 2005 Full Review Source: Boston Herald
Boston Herald

Audience Reviews for 5x2 (5 x 2: Five Times Two)

Moving study of a relationship in reverse which highlights the inherent fragility of emotional bonds
July 4, 2007
Gordon A

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Average French drama-little romance movie at the present backward to the past story of a couple - Marion and Gilles.
September 24, 2006
Dean McKenna

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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.
June 18, 2010
Mark Abell

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[font=Century Gothic]"5 X 2" starts out with Marion(Valeria Bruni-Tedeschi) and Gilles(Stephane Freiss) formalizing their divorce to each other. After the hearing, they retire to a hotel room for post-divorce sex, but when Marion has second thoughts, Gilles rapes her. Afterwards, they come to an understanding to the visitation rights of their son. Before she leaves, Gilles asks if they can still make a go of it...without saying anything, Marion exits and proceeds to the elevator.[/font]
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[font=Century Gothic]Then, the movie flashes back two years to presumably happier times as Marion and Gilles are preparing to host a dinner party. Three more segments follow, each two years previously in the past and each at a pivotal point in their relationship.(On the surface, "5 X 2", has a similar structure to "Betrayal"(1983) but the previous film only concerned itself with an affair and if memory serves me correctly, was quite dull.)[/font]
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[font=Century Gothic]Written and directed by Francois Ozon, "5 X 2" is a very intelligent and thought- provoking movie that posits marriage more as a legal construct than as anything romantic. Basically, it argues that it is okay to be alone.[/font]
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[font=Century Gothic]What I think is also very interesting about this movie is the role parents play in shaping the lives of their children. For example, Marion's parents are always arguing but stay together. Did this shape her attitudes towards relationships? Conversely, I am wondering if it is imporant that we never get a good look at Gilles' parents and that this might be symbolic of a very distant relationship.[/font]
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July 19, 2006
Walter M.

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