Cleo From 5 to 7 (Cléo de 5 à 7)

1961

Cleo From 5 to 7 (Cléo de 5 à 7)

Critics 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 (26) | Top Critics (6) | Fresh (25) | Rotten (1)

  • Filming the sights (and sounds) of Paris with voracious visual delight, Varda embraces the turbulent distractions of public life, even as she filters them through Cleo's shattered consciousness.

    Apr 7, 2019 | Full Review…
  • Definitely a document from lost-past times.

    May 6, 2010 | Rating: 4/5
  • 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…
    Time Out
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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…

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

  • Feb 23, 2016
    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 M Super Reviewer
  • Jan 20, 2014
    This was my first encounter with Agnes Varda's work in the sixties. Being impressed with later documentary pieces, I was not surprised to find a terribly watchable film that outlines a mere two hours in the life of one singer.
    John B Super Reviewer
  • Sep 09, 2011
    Enchanting. A joyous and experimental story grabbing some features from the cinéma vérité movement and applying it to create a new way to create fiction, improvising in its friskiness with shape and structure, playing with colors, shadows and music, and displaying terrific cameos. 99/100
    Edgar C Super Reviewer
  • Nov 04, 2009
    While waiting for the result of a biopsy, the French singer Cléo, visits a fortune teller; drinks coffee and buys a new hat with her housekeeper; is visited by her lover and her composers; visits her model friend Dorothée; learning much from her, who poses nude for sculptors, and a passing soldier named Antoine whom she meets by accident in the park. We follow her for these two hours of her life, as she cruises through the streets of Paris on foot, by cars and taxis, from one place to the next. She finally, becomes a subject instead of being an object: Cleo's progress through the film develops from an almost narcissistic preoccupation with her own image- the first part of the film is full of mirrors and reflections- through a more direct encounter with that world and its inhabitants.
    Anastasia B Super Reviewer

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