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Five Times Two (2004)

5x2 (original title)
Five stages in the romance between a woman and a man.

Director:

François Ozon

Writers:

François Ozon (scenario), Emmanuèle Bernheim (scenario collaborator)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Valeria Bruni Tedeschi ... Marion (as Valeria Bruni-Tedeschi)
Stéphane Freiss ... Gilles
Françoise Fabian ... Monique
Michael Lonsdale ... Bernard
Géraldine Pailhas ... Valérie
Antoine Chappey Antoine Chappey ... Christophe
Marc Ruchmann Marc Ruchmann ... Mathieu
Jason Tavassoli Jason Tavassoli ... L'Américain
Jean-Pol Brissart ... Le Juge
Eliane Kherris Eliane Kherris ... L'avocate
Yannis Belkacem Yannis Belkacem ... Nicolas
Sylvie Debrun Sylvie Debrun ... L'échographiste
Jean Neisser Jean Neisser ... Le Maire
Ninon Brétécher Ninon Brétécher ... Sophie (as Ninon Bretecher)
Marie-Madeleine Fouquet Marie-Madeleine Fouquet ... La mère de Gilles
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Storyline

The end and beginning of the love of the French couple Marion and Gilles is disclosed backwards through five moments in their lives: 1st moment: They divorce and have one last brutal intercourse without love. 2nd moment: With their relationship shaken, they have a dinner party with Gilles's gay brother Christophe and his younger mate, when an infidelity is disclosed at the dinner table. 3rd moment: The troubled pregnancy of Marion and the delivery of their premature son Nicolas, with the total absence of Gilles. 4th moment: Their wedding, when Marion commits adultery with an unknown guest of the hotel. 5th moment: When they meet each other in an Italian resort and begin their relationship. Written by Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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Taglines:

It takes two to tango in five moves.

Genres:

Drama | Romance

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for strong graphic sexuality, language and some drug content | See all certifications »

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Trivia

In the French edition of the DVD, the director offers a version of the movie titled "2 x 5". This version shows the five sequences in the chronological order, from the moment the couple meets till their divorce. Subtle editing work has been applied to make the movie work. See more »

Goofs

The scene where the American came to Marion during the wedding night and introduced himself who arrived in France today and would leave tomorrow for LA. Who would just do that? It's just lame. See more »

Soundtracks

Legata A Un Granello Di Sabbia
Performed by Nico Fidenco
Courtsey OST by BMG
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Flawed but engrossing
17 September 2005 | by howie73See all my reviews

5x2 comes as a slight let-down following director Francois Ozon's recent critical and commercial success with Swimming Pool.Ozon's decision to structure the film in an anti-linear fashion is nothing original and he himself admits he was influenced by Jane Campion's little-known TV film Two Friends (1985) which used the same structure. Ozon chooses 5 crucial scenes from the life of Marion and Gilles, a middle-class couple with a son, Nicholas, whose married life quickly disintegrates into divorce. Ozon begins with the austere divorce, finishing with the moment this would-be-couple met.

The reverse structure allows the viewer to consider what went wrong and decipher why the marriage ended so bitterly. It is fairly obvious the reasons why they divorced, but Ozon and his frequent collaborator, Emmanuelle Bernhein, are as interested in the psychological worlds of these two people as their mundane reality.

The film works for the most part, but some scenes are unbelievable: Gilles's boastful confession at the party with his brother; the scene in the woods with Marion and an American tourist. These scenes undermine the subtle nature Ozon employs elsewhere. He explains too much, which isn't his style. A better edit would have made this an even better film.

As for the music, the corny 1960's Italian love songs used to close each segment are plain awful. The triviality of the songs might offer an ironic counterbalance to what is happening on screen, but the effect is of a sneering, sardonic detachment on behalf of the director. It's as if Ozon wants to dismiss every aspect of romantic culture as a fallacy.The best musical segment is at the end where Ozon's longtime composer Philippe Rombi returns some panache to the film's audio sensibilities. Special mention should go to Paolo Conte's haunting Sparring Partner which is used in the dinner scene and in the final credits.

The acting is excellent,and the closing frame is a masterstroke.But it doesn't merit that many repeat viewings as his earlier Swimming Pool did.


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Country:

France

Language:

French | English | Italian

Release Date:

1 September 2004 (France) See more »

Also Known As:

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Box Office

Budget:

EUR5,250,784 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$15,667, 12 June 2005

Gross USA:

$128,752

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$7,444,906
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Dolby Digital | DTS

Color:

Color (Fujicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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