Agnes Varda's experimental film Cleo from 5 to 7, brings us into two hours of a pop singer Cleo's (Corinne Marchand) life, who is awaiting the results of her test for cancer. During this time she meets a variety of different people, her emotions changing rapidly, depending on the time, place and characters.
This film is an interesting study of a woman's plea for help from those who are close to her. When there is no answer, she walks around the streets, exchanging her doll like appearance for a more mature look and eventually finds a response from a stranger who is just a few days away from going to war.
The film is in black and white, except for the opening scene. It shows a selection of fortune tellers cards which are being sorted. As the camera moves away, towards the psychics face, the screen changes from vivid colour to black and white, which it remains during the rest of the film. This shows how strongly Cleo believes in her superstitions and how she looks at the rest of the world in a completely different light.
The film includes cameos by Jean-Luc Godard, Anna Karina, Eddie Constantine and Jean-Claude Brialy. Composer Michel Legrand, who wrote the film's score, plays Bob the pianist.
Very stylish, with a excellent script and mesmerizing cinematography, Agnes Varda's masterpiece is a work of art, a true French New Wave classic and a fascinating exploration into 60's Paris.
Special Features: Over an hour of bonus material arranged by Varda. "Memories & Anecdotes", Varda Interview, "Cleo's Time-Lapse Trajectory" and "About The Fiances". Short films: "Fiances on the Bridge", "Cariatides of Paris"
Language: French with English subtitles.
Dolby Digital 2.0
Colour & Black and White
Running time: 90 mins