What's wonderful about this film has already been pretty well described in many of the preceding reviews. I'd just like to add two things. First, the songs & performances of Michel LeGrand & his partner are terrific _ they show LeGrand at his most inventive & infectious. Two, after reading several of the previous reviews, it occurs to me that Cléo de 5 à 7 works like a litmus test on its audience. Those who can invest this film with their own life-experiences, who can "fill in the blanks" with their personal emotions & thoughts, will be richly rewarded. Those who cannot, those who need plenty of exposition & explanations, will find it slow, ponderous, even superficial, because it will literally be over their heads. C'est la vie.
Cléo from 5 to 7 (1962) 1080p YIFY Movie
Cléo from 5 to 7 (1962) 1080p
Cleo, a singer and hypochondriac, becomes increasingly worried that she might have cancer while awaiting test results from her doctor.
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The Synopsis for Cléo from 5 to 7 (1962) 1080p
Two hours from 17:00 to 19:00h on the longest day of the year in the life of a young Parisienne is presented. Florence Victoire, who is better known by her stage name Cléo Victoire (as in Cleopatra), is a singer with three hit singles to her name, and as such some renown. Two days ago, she went in for some tests for abdominal issues to see if it is cancer. She will be getting the results today at 18:30h. She is certain that it will be a terminal cancer diagnosis, her mind fixated on that outcome and what it actually means. This belief affects how she approaches the day, from her encounters with friends and acquaintances to what she observes in total strangers around her. It could be as simple as how she views the lyrics to new songs presented to her from her songwriting team, to her feelings about a conversation she overhears in a café between a couple having relationship problems, to the typical sweet nothings spoken to her from her lover, José. There are certain things that do ...
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A great & highly original movie!Reviewed byinframanVote: 10/10
Yet another good Nouvelle Vague film. What makes them so good is that they are so fresh, so full of new ideas that even watching a film from the 60s nowadays makes it a refreshing and new experience.
This one had a tricky premise, though. Director Agnes Varda set about showing us two hours of the life of a fairly-successful singer, Cleo. The trick here was to make us sympathise with her while portraying only two hours of her life. To do so, we understand from the beginning that she is waiting for medical examinations, and she fears she has cancer. Also, before the first half of the film, we realize that she is not happy, as she says that everyone spoils her but nobody loves her.
In fact, to make us like the character, Varda shows us how lonely she is. Her boyfriend never sees her, even though he supposedly loves her, because of work reasons. Her songwriters only pretend to admire her, but really, it's quite clear that they are only using her as a tool for their songs to go around the world. Even her best friend, as they talk, is thinking about other things, has to go places and do things in the real life, and although shaken by the news that Cleo might have cancer, she has other problems on top of that.
Really, the on-screen presence helps of Corinne Marchand really helps. She is truly beautiful, with or without a wig! And that leads to the other issue about the character; narcissism. She believes that everyone turns to look at her when she crosses the road. She looks at herself in the mirror quite a lot, and repeats to herself that she is beautiful. She is so narcissist that we actually come to doubt that the people the look at her are actually really looking at her, or is Varda playing with us. However, this narcissism of Cleo is not exactly a good thing, as it leads to paranoia. She tells her friend Dorothee, who is a nude model for art students, that she could never do her job, because she would be too afraid that the people would find imperfections in her body. We also see that she is paranoid about what other people think about her when she goes to a bar and puts on one of her songs in the jukebox, to see the people's reactions. When the song is over, she just walks away, disappointed at the fact that there basically were no reactions.
To move the story forward, the character of Cleo moves too, constantly. Whether walking, on a bus, on a taxi, there is always movement, which gives us another chance to take a look at Paris, as we do in many films of the Nouvelle Vague. But the film really becomes charming when Cleo meets Antoine. We know that when she meets him, and the two like each other instantly, we might not have enough time to see their first kiss, because our time is nearly up. In fact, by the end of the film, when we see the word 'fin' prop up on the screen so suddenly, we are left with a sort of frustration. That means that the film worked, we were drawn into it, hence, Varda really does a good job.
There are a few imperfection, speaking of narcissism. The voice-overs don't work, they slow down the whole movie. Sure, there is something witty about the fact that we are hence able to understand exactly what each character really thinks about Cleo, but that looks more like a cover up for something that lacked in the footage shot than an artistic choice. It is always much to easy to have voice-overs to portray emotions.
But apart from that, it's really quite a good movie not to be missed for the fans of this french New Wave.
WATCH FOR THE MOMENT - The very end, as Antoine and Cleo walk towards the camera, and she finally says that she is happy...
Get ready to watch a film that will make you ponder deep, deep thoughts on the meaning of life, death, and fate. Far too often people tend to think that their life events equate to some great Greek tragedy. Far too frequently reality suggests otherwise, as all people undergo similar triumphs, troubles, and matters of doubt and uncertainty. Because Cleo in this film is dealing with the issue of cancer and death, we must be sympathetic. Nonetheless, the film plays out in this manner and I truly believe you will get the idea that Cleo is viewing her circumstances as some giant Greek tragedy (in the beginning at least).
In essence, Cleo as a film aptly reflects how subjective thinking pervades both thought and action (which arguably are one in the same). When faced with death or any life trouble, events with no great significance often seem "too close to home" or far too stimulating considering one's individual circumstances. Maybe someone with financial troubles may cringe at a TV commercial for a large commercial bank just like Cleo might have cringed deep inside at the grim mortality tolls reported on the Taxi radio. When viewing Cleo I frequently wondered if Cleo felt this or that given the situation she was put in at any given moment. Did she view old people with bitter jealous resentment, knowing she probably won't reach old age? What about the opposite? Did she feel pity for them considering she valued her youth and beauty so much and knew they will wither away in a less attractive form from their youth days while she can die in a state of preserved youth and beauty? Furthermore, I found Cleo's encounter with the young soldier bound for Algeria rather profound. While some might have viewed this ending episode in a romantic manner, I viewed it on a different level. Sometimes when someone is troubled they may identify with and find consolation in others who have similar life circumstances. I don't mean this in the "misery loves company" way, but just ponder whether or not Cleo found consolation in the young solider simply for the fact that they both may encounter a similar fate. Just as Cleo might die from cancer, the young solider might die from any wartime hazard. Lastly, when considering the pervasive issue of superstition in the film one can only reflect on how little mere mortals know and how desperate we become when searching for answers and a sense of certainty. Go watch this movie and get on the level of Socrates.