Cleo, a singer and hypochondriac, becomes increasingly worried that she might have cancer while awaiting test results from her doctor.

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Agnès Varda

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Agnès Varda
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Corinne Marchand ... Florence 'Cléo' Victoire
Antoine Bourseiller Antoine Bourseiller ... Antoine
Dominique Davray ... Angèle
Dorothée Blanck Dorothée Blanck ... Dorothée (as Dorothée Blank)
Michel Legrand ... Bob, le pianiste
José Luis de Vilallonga ... José, l'amant de Cléo (as José-Luis de Vilallonga)
Loye Payen Loye Payen ... Irma, la cartomancienne
Renée Duchateau Renée Duchateau ... La vendeuse de chapeaux
Lucienne Marchand Lucienne Marchand ... La conductrice du taxi
Serge Korber Serge Korber ... Maurice, dit 'plumitif'
Robert Postec Robert Postec ... Le docteur Valineau
Jean-Luc Godard ... L'homme aux lunettes noires / Actor in silent film
Anna Karina ... Anna, la fiancée blonde / Actress in silent film
Emilienne Caille Emilienne Caille ... La fiancée noire / Actress in silent film
Eddie Constantine ... L'arroseur / Actor in silent film
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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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Takes place on a Tuesday afternoon, however the German title translates to "Wednesday from 5 to 7." See more »

Goofs

After the rehearsal scene, when the pianist (Michel Legrand) says "self-pitying spoiled child," the shot is a composite. Michel's head and the background in front of him is one shot, and the background behind him is another shot, which pans towards Cleo after he speaks his line. The clocks on the ledge behind Michel can be briefly seen in two places at once. See more »

Quotes

Florence, 'Cléo Victoire': You don't mind posing?
Dorothée: No, why?
Florence, 'Cléo Victoire': I'd feel so exposed, afraid they'd find a fault.
Dorothée: Nonsense! My body makes me happy, not proud. They're looking at more than just me. A shape, an idea. It's as if I wasn't there. Like I was asleep. And I'm paid for it.
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Connections

Referenced in Godard, l'amour, la poésie (2007) See more »

Soundtracks

La Belle Putain
Music by Michel Legrand
Lyrics by Agnès Varda
Performed by Corinne Marchand
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Why I love French Film
24 June 2004 | by scip111See all my reviews

This film is a perfect example of why I love French film. In a word, realism. In many words, the desire to capture life's most important, daring, fanciful, yet haphazard moments with the faith that by doing so you are illustrating a timeless notion. Cleo from 5 to 7 plucks a single string from a singer's life and by pulling at it, illustrates the fabric of the beautiful and unique, but predetermined world that it is woven into. What illustrates this best is the third scene of the movie when the heroine flits about a local shop browsing hats. The camera shows her shopping but also captures many reflections that expose the larger world around her. The window pane showcases soldiers marching by, foreshadowing the war in Algiers. The mirrors take snapshots of Cleo with different head-dresses all be-speaking a future she won't choose. In the background, her maid sits disapprovingly. Small details like these, that are often neglected in other movies, are the backbone of this work of art. Cleo from 5 to 7 is a movie about much more than two hours in the lead character's life. It is about the character's whole life as illustrated by two hours. Like Joyce's Uylsses, it finds parallels between the struggles of a day with the struggles of a life.


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Official Sites:

Ciné Tamaris [France]

Country:

France | Italy

Language:

French

Release Date:

11 April 1962 (France) See more »

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Cleo from 5 to 7 See more »

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$1,886
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1.66 : 1
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