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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)
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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

Credited cast:
Corinne Marchand ... Florence 'Cléo' Victoire
Antoine Bourseiller Antoine Bourseiller ... Antoine
Dominique Davray ... Angèle
Dorothée Blanck Dorothée Blanck ... Dorothée (as Dorothée Blank)
Michel Legrand ... Bob, the Pianist
José Luis de Vilallonga ... The Lover
Loye Payen Loye Payen ... Irma, la cartomancienne
Renée Duchateau Renée Duchateau
Lucienne Marchand Lucienne Marchand ... La conductrice du taxi
Serge Korber Serge Korber ... Plumitif (the lyricist)
Robert Postec Robert Postec ... Le docteur Valineau
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Arthur Brunet Arthur Brunet
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Storyline

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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Genres:

Comedy | Drama | Music

Certificate:

Not Rated | See all certifications »

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Official Sites:

Ciné Tamaris [France]

Country:

France | Italy

Language:

French

Release Date:

11 April 1962 (France) See more »

Also Known As:

Cleo from 5 to 7 See more »

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Mono

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1.66 : 1
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Trivia

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

Goofs

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 »

Quotes

Florence, 'Cléo Victoire': [inner voice] Wait, pretty butterfly. Ugliness is a kind of death. As long as I'm beautiful, I'm even more alive than the others.
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Connections

References Elmer Gantry (1960) See more »

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La joueuse
Performed by Corinne Marchand (feat. Michel Legrand et son orchestre)
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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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