Cléo from 5 to 7 (1962)
I’m afraid of everything – birds, storms, lifts, needles – and now, this great fear of death…
Based on the recommendation of Jimmy, one of the co-hosts of the Scene Unseen podcast, I watched writer/director Agnès Varda’s Cléo from 5 to 7 on The Auteurs. This is a Criterion presentation. At first, the way the action flowed in real time bothered me, but the ending is some wonderful that I could forgive it.
Florence (Corinne Marchand) is a famous singer living in France by the stage name of Cléo Victoire. In the beginning of the film, she visits a psychic, Madame Irma (Loye Payen) to tell her about the results of a biopsy she had done two days prior. Cléo wants to know if she has cancer.
The whole movie is about the time that the audience follows Cléo wherever she goes after visiting the psychic and before she gets the results from Dr. Valineau (Robert Postec).
She goes on with her day, trying push her looming fate out of her mind, but she can’t. Her friends cannot keep her busy. She is preoccupied with pending results.
The movie is not everyone’s cup of tea. There tinges of melodrama that is understandable with a star diva-ing out. Other than that, this is a charming, romantic and ultimately optimistic perspective.
Judgment: If you wants to slice of Paris life, watch this film.
Posted on June 30, 2009, in 1962, Classic Movies, Drama, Foreign Language, Running Feature, The Criterion Collection and tagged Agnès Varda, Antoine Bourseiller, Cléo de 5 à 7, Cléo from 5 to 7, Corinne Marchand, Dominique Davray, Dorothée Blank, José Luis de Villalonga, Loye Payen, Michel Legrand, Robert Postec, Serge Korber. Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.