Monday, September 9, 2013

383. Cleo de 5 a 7

Cleo de 5 a 7
Cleo From 5 To 7
Directed by Agnes Varda

This is one of those films where the premise is a lot more interesting than the actual movie.  The idea of a woman wandering Paris while she waits to see if she has cancer actually sounds pretty intriguing.  However, I must confess I was bored for 70% of the film.

I will say that the main actress, Corinne Marchand, is absolutely stunning in this movie and gives a great performance that might have won her an Oscar today.

I don't know what it is about these French New Wave directors, but they seem to be incapable of keeping my attention.  I suppose that means I will not be allowed to enter a stuffy intellectual club any time soon.  Still, I have never been good at faking enthusiasm and most of these movies are dull, dull, dull.  There are notable exceptions of course.

Anyway, I am in one of my complaining moods so I will sign off now.  Great performance, boring film.

RATING: **---

Interesting Facts:

Godard makes a cameo appearance in this film.


  1. I could not agree more on French new wave movies in general, but this one is my exception. It was interesting and it did have a story to tell and Corinne Marchand is compelling. I found myself thinking abou the movie for a long time after watching it and that is usually a good sign and it NEVER happens with a Godard movie.