Movie of the Week: Cleo from 5 to 7 (1962)

Agnes Varda directs Corinne Marchand, Antoine Bourseiller and Dominique Davray in this slice of life drama where a pop singer wanders around Paris awaiting results of a life changing biopsy.

A very beautiful film, a journey both intimate and epic, crosscutting through wonderful Paris and the full gamut of emotions. Are we watching a naïf evolving from closeted doll with no control of her destiny to self awareness and self determination? Are we seeing time unspooling? A life frittered away in moments? What of the others we meet? All intriguing… where do their lives and philosophies and romances go once after they cross paths with “Cleo” / Florence? As a first watch my thoughts and appreaciation of this wonderful film are unfocused. I can only say with certainty that if you like Richard Linklater’s Before Trilogy or Greta Gerwig’s Lady Bird or love the city of Paris then you’ll be seduced by this. Oh, and she has some lovely kittens too.

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