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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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Included among the "1001 Movies You Must See Before You Die", edited by Steven Schneider. See more »

Goofs

The dolly track used in the final shot can be seen as the actors walk away from the hospital. Agnes Varda recounts in the much later documentary 'Anecdotes and Memories' how devastated she was to see the track and convinced the producers to allow a re-shoot at great expense. However none of the retakes matched the emotional quality of the original take so she retained it despite the goof. See more »

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Florence, 'Cléo Victoire': Everybody spoils me. Nobody loves me.
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Featured in Le fils de Gascogne (1995) See more »

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An existential film about looking on the bright side (ironically).
20 April 1999 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

To me, this is a movie about looking on the bright side of life... from the point of view of someone who isn't. We follow Cleo, a beautiful singer, through a day of her life (from 5:00 to 7:00) as she waits to find out if she has cancer. It's a very simple plot, and I think this simplicity is what allows the film to show Cleo's inner turmoil so well. This movie has strong existential undertones. In the beginning of the film, Cleo believes her fate is just that: fate. She is superstitious to the point of paranoia. Through the course of the film, she discovers that she is in control of her own life, and even in something that seems out of her control -- like cancer -- she has the freedom to decide how she will look at it and whether or not she will let it ruin her life.


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