| Original Score: 4/5
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.
| Original Score: B
Deconstructing the breakup of a romance in reverse chronological order is no longer original; Pinter has done it in "Betrayal."
Ozon has a studied, contemplative style at work here.
Peeling off the emotional layers one by one, François Ozon's 5 X 2 reveals intimate snapshots of a relationship, simply but searingly.
(...) 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.
| Original Score: 3/5
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.
| Original Score: '3.5/4'
Doesn't feel like a gimmick at all. It feels like a natural introduction to the characters.
| Original Score: 3.5/4
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.
| Original Score: 2.5/4
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.
A cool, sometimes chilly dissection of one couple's relationship.
| Original Score: B-
Tedeschi delivers a radiant, multifaceted performance, and both leads eerily appear to get younger as the film heads into the past.
| Original Score: 3/4
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.
These aren't puzzle pieces that fit snuggly together but fragments of character in revealing moments when weakness or pettiness overcome calm and affection.
| Original Score: A
Unwinds with absolute clarity and sure style, and Freiss and Bruni-Tedeschi make an interesting couple, if not a truly memorable one.
It's fascinating, like watching the collapse of a building in reverse.
The film is Bergman's Scenes From a Marriage without the boring parts -- wait, I'm not supposed to say that.
The inevitability of the conceit could wear on us, were it not for the lived-in performances of the cast, most important Bruni-Tedeschi and Freiss.
You can get an idea of the two seemingly contradictory truths about this movie: It's not much fun, and it's impossible to stop watching.
| Original Score: 2/4
Clever and fascinating, but it's ultimately a downer.