5x2 Reviews

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April 8, 2014
no where near as engaging and profound as Scenes From a Marriage, though some scenes are worthy of merit.
½ October 7, 2013
Early scenes are disturbing and fascinating, unfortunately it becomes less interesting as it goes along. The husband is one of the biggest cunts I've ever seen in a movie.
May 8, 2008
I am going to pass on this one.
July 15, 2013
The title of François Ozon's nuanced relationship drama "5x2" refers to five episodes that make up the movie, all presenting a key moment in the romantic relationship of Marion and Gilles, a married couple, "2". The episodes are told in reverse chronological order, beginning with an immensely uncomfortable scene where the couple is divorcing, ultimately ending up in bed for an intercourse so loveless that it looks for all intents and purposes like a rape. Very similar to an episode of Ingmar Bergman's brilliant series "Skener ur ett äktenskap" from the 70s. Similarities between Bergman's masterpiece and Ozon's creation don't end there; "5x2" has just the kind of intensity, honesty and rawness combined with poignant analysis that makes "Skener" such a classic. Ozon plays homage to that predecessor repeatedly throughout "5x2".

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.
February 15, 2013
The cruel reality, the cruel relationship.
15,Feb 2013 @ home
½ May 11, 2012
beautiful scene--->'Sparring partner' Paolo conte
April 18, 2011
Brilliant drama. A new look on the nature of affection.
½ January 24, 2012
This was maybe good (I like how they tell the story in the "wrong" order), but it was also very depressing.
March 4, 2012
An interesting idea, but the sequences are too far apart to feel the full impact.
March 4, 2012
An interesting idea, but the sequences are too far apart to feel the full impact.
June 15, 2011
*Full review pending*
½ September 16, 2010
It had a exceptionally tantalizing premise, but as the film dragged on, it got less intense and more frothy, characters got flimsier, and it seemed less inspired by 'Kramer vs. Kramer' and more by 'Out of Africa.' I believe it would have worked a lot better if the story had been told linearly, but props to Ozon (who continues to impress me) for the idea.
½ October 9, 2008
Encore une fois, Valeria séduit..
lesleyanorton
Super Reviewer
April 15, 2010
Reverse chronology is the perfect vehice for showing a relationship, by taking us backwards from divorce papers via childbirth though to wedding and then that first meeting is a perfect, you can see where it all goes wrong, and how the mighty oak of relationship breakdown grows from the tiny seed of discontent. It would have been better if the lead male hadn't been such a git though.
April 11, 2010
A very minimalistic conceptual movie about a relationship heading to it's bitter end. The movie begins with the last scene: the couple divorces. Why, you'll ask yourself? In 5 scenes we hop back into time and get to know where the relationship went wrong and how it all started.

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).
½ March 19, 2010
Una historia contada al "revés" para quedarnos con un final feliz (?) acaso todos callamos algo?
½ October 14, 2009
One off the pleasant long motion picture by Francois Ozon. A special, in-depth & emotional narrative leading by Valeria Bruni Tedeschi & Stephane Freiss.
March 3, 2009
Francois Ozon tries his hand at reverse chronology and does an excellent job of capturing the subtle nuances of human behavior and emotion. An outstanding cast and wonderful soundtrack complete the picture.
littlecharmer1959
Super Reviewer
November 18, 2008
My new favourite Ozon film. The story told in reverse is very effective and not gimmicky. There are some very beautiful and touching scenes, such as the ending walking off into the sunset and the dinner party dance scene with the Paolo Conte song. Overall great film with fantastic performances (especially Valeria Bruni Tedeschi).
December 23, 2008
well ummn just seen this movie 4 the 1st time n think that this is a cracking movie 2 watch.,..its a very good movie...i think that the director of this Romance, Art House & International, Drama movie had done a good job of directing this movie because you never know what 2 expect throughout this movie...its a really good Romance, Art House & International, Drama movie 2 watch n its enjoyable
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