A whole universe of storytelling can be fitted within an intimate relationship, a fact which is constantly being overlooked in predigested mainstream cinema. Ozon engulfs us in the troubled entity that is Marion & Gilles, almost making us drown in its dysfunctionalities. This movie is basically an antiromance, but it's a thoughtful, wise and seemingly realistic one. It showcases the damage that results when two strong individuals reach a deep level of intimacy and their identities collide, but its as much about the characters separately as its about their union.
"5x2" is a film with layers and gray areas. One that resonates psychologically and exposes restrictive gender roles shamelessly. It analyzes problems with resolving sexual yearning and the longing for intimacy through a volatile institution in turmoil without offering easy answers or sermons. A human consciousness is a complex system. Trying to make two of them work together is a chaos, for better or for worse.
15,Feb 2013 @ home
The beauty of this movie lies in the fact that it is more than just a concept. It's about real people. A lot of critics stated they couldn't relate to the maincharacters. To me, this wasn't a problem at all. Their personalities are quite clear but their deeper dilemma's stay secrets only revealed by body-language.
The actors are beautiful, the story is amazing and concept is nice. Don't expect too much, but expect a minamlistic drama that is far from pretentious (thank god for that).