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5x2 (2004)

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 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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Details

Country:

France

Language:

French | English | Italian

Release Date:

1 September 2004 (France) See more »

Also Known As:

5 x 2 See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$15,667, 12 June 2005, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$127,692, 28 August 2005
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Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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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

During the hotel room scene early in the film, Marion's wedding band changes from the left hand to the right hand, then back to the left again. See more »

Soundtracks

Se Mi Perderai
Performed by Nico Fidenco
Courtsey OST by BMG
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A thoughtful look at relationships
26 February 2006 | by AngeneerSee all my reviews

At 5x2 we see the course of a relationship from end to beginning. The reverse chronology of events is now a well established editing technique which almost always works and intrigues the viewer.

The personalities of both Marion and Gilles are established fairly quickly, but the reasoning behind their actions is usually explained at a later time. In fact, this shows how well written 5x2 is, because throughout all five episodes the characters of the protagonists don't change, their behavior has changed due to actions of the other part.

Both actors deliver high caliber performances and their faces write perfectly on the screen. They do create a chemistry when needed (and a lack of again when needed). Can you believe by the way that beautiful Valeria Bruni is forty years old?

The vintage Italian music adds color to the story and Ozon shows he is an accomplished director. As the movie ends he gives us one of the most idyllic scenes ever filmed.


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