Cleo From 5 to 7 (Cléo de 5 à 7)

1961

Cleo From 5 to 7 (Cléo de 5 à 7) (1961)

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Critic Consensus: Cleo from 5 to 7 represents a beautifully filmed highlight of the French New Wave that encapsulates the appeal of the era while departing from its narrative conventions.

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A spoiled and beautiful young pop singer wanders across Paris while awaiting the results of a medical test that may show she has cancer.

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Critic Reviews for Cleo From 5 to 7 (Cléo de 5 à 7)

All Critics (24) | Top Critics (4)

The Parisian streetscapes are beautiful and thrilling, and the tarot scene at the beginning, combined with overheard fragments of anxious city lives, give this something of TS Eliot.

Apr 30, 2010 | Rating: 5/5 | Full Review…

Varda transforms the typical French cinema gamine into a complex, tragic figure: the girl who's all too good at playing plaything, forced to face the hollowness of her youth.

Nov 21, 2006 | Full Review…

Not every minute is as spirited as Varda would like us to believe, but in the cinema of enchantment this ranks pretty high.

Feb 9, 2006 | Full Review…
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Generally, Mlle. Varda is so absorbed with her camera stunts, as she is in that scene in the hat shop or when she is screening that comedy short, that the essential concentration on the heroine is neglected and the interest lost.

May 9, 2005 | Rating: 2.5/5 | Full Review…

...stands apart from the French New Wave in that it is very much the story of a woman, not about a woman.

May 21, 2015 | Rating: 4/4 | Full Review…

[VIDEO ESSAY] The filmic transportation from the "ephemeral" to the "miraculous" - from the disguised to the unveiled - speaks volumes in unaffected feminist terms about female reality in Paris in 1961.

Jul 25, 2014 | Rating: A+ | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Cleo From 5 to 7 (Cléo de 5 à 7)

Varda's direction is impeccable, with a wonderful attention to the mise-en-scène, camera movements and use of mirrors to show an absorbing real-time hour-and-a-half (not two hours as the title indicates) in the life of a narcissistic singer forced to face the emptiness of her life.

Carlos Magalhães
Carlos Magalhães

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½

an absolute delight and my current favorite french new wave. wonderful energy and amazing camerawork as we follow a rather shallow popstar in real time as she tries to come to terms with her life while wandering the streets of paris. vive le varda!

Stella Dallas
Stella Dallas

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½

while the plot is quite simple, a young capricious woman awaiting test results, this is filmmaking at its finest. varda creates a new fiction by merging real time, cinema verite, and multiperspectives. WOW!

Stefanie C
Stefanie C

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This is from the Criterion Film Collection. I guess its because I am not french or maybe its just a bad run of French Films lately but I think I am going to pass on the french films for a while, I tried I really did, good Black and white background scenes, but is was painfull to hang in there till the end.

Bruce Bruce
Bruce Bruce

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