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Cleo from 5 to 7 (1962)

Cléo de 5 à 7 (original title)
Not Rated | | Comedy, Drama, Music | 11 April 1962 (France)
Cleo, a singer and hypochondriac, becomes increasingly worried that she might have cancer while awaiting test results from her doctor.

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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
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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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Two hours from 17:00 to 19:00h on the longest day of the year in the life of a young Parisienne is presented. Florence Victoire, who is better known by her stage name Cléo Victoire (as in Cleopatra), is a singer with three hit singles to her name, and as such some renown. Two days ago, she went in for some tests for abdominal issues to see if it is cancer. She will be getting the results today at 18:30h. She is certain that it will be a terminal cancer diagnosis, her mind fixated on that outcome and what it actually means. This belief affects how she approaches the day, from her encounters with friends and acquaintances to what she observes in total strangers around her. It could be as simple as how she views the lyrics to new songs presented to her from her songwriting team, to her feelings about a conversation she overhears in a café between a couple having relationship problems, to the typical sweet nothings spoken to her from her lover, José. There are certain things that do ... Written by Huggo

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Comedy | Drama | Music

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The film actually covers Cléo from 5:00 to 6:30. The final chapter for the film ends at 6:30. 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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Florence, 'Cléo Victoire': I'm afraid of everything - birds, storms, lifts, needles - and now, this great fear of death...
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References Ikiru (1952) See more »

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A film of style and substance
8 April 2007 | by (Northern California) – See all my reviews

I have to say that I never tire of watching this film. It is one of those films where form and content, style and substance, merge to form a great work of art.

The character of Cleo, a beautiful young singer forced to accept a possible diagnosis of cancer, is both iconic and true to life. I love the shots of her walking the streets, shot from a birds' eye view and you hear the comments of men as she's walking by. Varda's objectifies her from this angle as she pops out from the scene with her puffy wig and polka dot dress, and in the background is just this incredible music. The camera-work is so varied and so strong throughout the film. There are objective angles, subjective angles, there are playful movements of the camera to go with the music, a back and forth with the mirrors in the cafe, in the hat shop, slow, soft, out of focus movements in bed as she waits for her lover, zoom transitions as she sings her song, Slow pans in the art studio. One scene I liked especially was the scattering of the birds as she's walking down the street. It seems to signify, so well, to me a sign of a bad omen tied to almost a mythological scale.

These are my scattered impressions of this film, a perfect film in my opinion.


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