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
Ozon's direction is pitch perfect, capturing the couple in a chilly, objectively observant light, he is fascinated with the little nuances of distrust and unhappiness that slowly emerge in this flawed relationship. Referencing his great predecessor throughout, Ingmar Bergman, arguably the greatest of female sympathizers, Ozon carefully casts Gilles in a murky light, boldly introducing him with that thoroughly unpleasant first segment and culminating in his inevitable unfaithfulness.
Ozon concludes with a wonderfully poignant final shot that perfectly subverts the classically romantic "ride off into the sun" cliche by having Marion and Friess adulterously wade into the beautiful evening sea, excited, hopeful, flirtatious, happy and all beneath a stunning, setting sun.
con las sobresalientes actuaciones de valeria bruni y stephane freiss, la pelicula va transitando por momentos incomodos para el espectador que lo van dejando lleno de reflexiones ante vivencias posiblemente comunes en la vida de cualquier pareja.
la mirada del gran director frances francois ozon es siempre precisa y directa, no deja a nadie indiferente ante las historias que nos muestra pelicula a pelicula.
me gusto mucho, es movilizadora, me llego en el momento exacto para verla y disfrutarla.