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Cléo de 5 à 7

  • Film
  • 4 out of 5 stars

Time Out says

4 out of 5 stars
‘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.
Written by Wally Hammond

Release Details

  • Rated:PG
  • Release date:Friday 30 April 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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