Cléo de 5 à 7

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‘Cléo from 5 to 7’ (1962) was French new waver Agnès Varda’s second feature and is filled with the beauty of Paris’s natural light, sharpened in a new print for a BFI season on the director. ‘Hold on, pretty butterfly!’ says Cléo (Corinne Marchand, pictured), a fretful and fame-occupied singer, to herself as she prepares to  roam the city for two hours while awaiting a possibly momentous doctor’s verdict. It’s experimental and free-wheeling in design – Varda gives us overlapping dialogue, parodic inserts, a documentarist’s eye mixed with a painter’s, found sound and Michel Legrand’s songs, and juxtaposes frippery with political reality. Quietly touching and profound, it epitomises the youthful delight Varda always shows for the tools at her disposal and her sensitive and easeful way of expressing the sways and shifts of life, love and desire.

Release details

Rated: PG
Release date: Friday April 30 2010
Duration: 90 mins

Cast and crew

Director: Agnès Varda
Screenwriter: Agnès Varda
Cast: Corinne Marchand
Antoine Bourseiller
Dorothée Blanck
Dominique Davray
Michel Legrand

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This movie is wonderful. It's filled with the ideas of creativity, living a playfull if somewhat shallow life of one ultimately must deal with her own mortality...Varda chooses exquisite's really delightful to watch in many ways