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Cleo from 5 to 7 (1962)
"Cléo de 5 à 7" (original title)

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This movie shows us Cléo, a French singer, who is afraid of getting the result of a test from her doctor. She believes that she has cancer and will die of the disease. We follow her for two... See full summary »

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Credited cast:
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Florence, 'Cléo Victoire'
Antoine Bourseiller ...
Antoine
Dominique Davray ...
Angèle
Dorothée Blanck ...
Dorothée (as Dorothée Blank)
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Bob, the Pianist
José Luis de Vilallonga ...
The Lover
Loye Payen ...
Irma, la cartomancienne
Renée Duchateau
Lucienne Marchand ...
La conductrice du taxi
Serge Korber ...
Plumitif (the lyricist)
Robert Postec ...
Le docteur Valineau
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Arthur Brunet
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This movie shows us Cléo, a French singer, who is afraid of getting the result of a test from her doctor. She believes that she has cancer and will die of the disease. We follow her for two hours while she cruises through the streets of Paris. At the end, she meets a soldier who is going to the war in Algeria the next day. Written by Stephan Eichenberg <eichenbe@fak-cbg.tu-muenchen.de>

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Jean-Luc Godard, Anna Karina, and Jean-Claude Brialy all make uncredited cameo appearances as the actors in the silent film shown to Cléo and her friend. See more »

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In the beginning of Chapter 3, as Cleo is putting on a black hat, the camera-man's right arm can be seen in the mirror next to her. See more »

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[in French, using English subtitles]
Irma, la cartomancienne: Cut the deck please. Choose nine cards with your left hand. Three for the past, three for the present, three for the future.
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Cléo de 5 à 7's black and white Paris is an elegant backdrop to this moving, unique story of self-discovery.
30 January 2010 | by (Canada) – See all my reviews

As the title reveals, Cléo de 5 à 7 takes place between 5pm and 7pm. In this time, we follow a beautiful young singer, Florence 'Cléo' Victoire, as she walks the busy streets of Paris all the while awaiting a dreaded test result from her doctor.

Director Agnes Varda, nicknamed "Grandmother of the New Wave", combines fluid camera movements with sporadic 'jump cuts' to casually glide us through the streets of Paris, allowing us to delve deep into the scenery. The mobile camera provides a realistic and intimate experience.

Florence 'Cléo' Victoire begins her journey embodying a cliché. She is consumed by materialism and almost hypnotized by her own beauty. She is selfish and ignorant to her surroundings. From 5 to 7, Cléo peers deep within herself and in result experiences a kind of enlightenment. She begins to open her eyes to the outside world, observing the hectic streets of Paris, visiting old friends, and in a twist of fate meets a fascinating young soldier preparing to leave for Algeria. The soldier is a beautifully written character.

With subtext involving serious topics such as classism and more specifically impoverishment of Algerians (1954-62), one would predict that the film's message was multifaceted, and perhaps intended to serve a cause.However, after watching the film, I've come to that conclusion that Cléo de 5 à 7 is meant to be a celebration of life. The film encourages us to appreciate our blessings without the use of any clichés and without being preachy.

Cléo de 5 à 7's black and white Paris is an elegant backdrop to this moving, unique story of self-discovery. If you are a French New Wave lover or just someone who adores Paris, I'd encourage you to watch this film. It is simply stunning.

-Joanna C.T. http://addictivefilm.blogspot.com/


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