Cleo from 5 to 7 (RARE)
Cleo from 5 to 7 (RARE)
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Ninety minutes, exactly, in the life of a singer (Corinne Marchand), as she waits for the results of a medical test for cancer, and meets a young soldier about to leave for the Algerian war. Because of the anticipation, every trivial incident takes on a new significance in this pivotal film of the New Wave. "...sustains an unsentimental yet subjective tone that is almost unique in the history of movies" (Pauline Kael). French with English subtitles. Agnes Varda---France/Italy---1961---90 mins.

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  | Chrissie#1

Beautiful shots of Paris streets and people in the sixties. The moving story of a chanteuse who is defined by how people relate to her until she faces the possibility of death and starts noticing other people around her. This gradually leads her to the realisation that it is not dependence on 'friends' and admirers but genuine relations such as between herself and a soldier about to depart for Algeria that matter in life. We know that something important has occured to her but are kept wondering, at the end, whether or how this will help her through the cancer treatment once she and the soldier separate at the railway station in a couple of hours. We loved this low-budget masterpiece, one of Varda's best.

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  | James#58

The more I think about this movie, the more I enjoy it. It is a very interesting look at the emotional inside of a diva "in turmoil" ? Cleo is so shallow it is hard to know what illness she is really facing. We get the impression she is a star and yet…she only has three hit songs . The reaction of her "entourage" makes one wonder whether she has cried wolf in the past. Forced to navigate this latest crisis on her own it is only after she drops all the facade that she meets someone with whom she can have a "real" communication. Someone with a future at least as uncertain as her own. A very thought provoking movie.

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  | Nisi#1

This film is highly recommended to anyone who likes the French New Wave, stories of profound personal transformation, stunning black and white images of early 1960's Paris, or simply the sound of the French language. It is a great introduction to director Agnes Varda for anyone unfamiliar with her work.

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