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  • Actors: Valeria Bruni Tedeschi, Stephane Freiss, Géraldine Pailhas, Francoise Fabian, Michael Lonsdale
  • Directors: François Ozon
  • Producers: Olivier Delbosc, Marc Missonnier
  • Format: PAL
  • Language: French
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 15
  • Studio: Twentieth Century Fox
  • DVD Release Date: 12 Sept. 2005
  • Run Time: 90 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0009YVCYK
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 15,933 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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5x2 shows five scenes from a modern marriage in reverse order, like Pinter's Betrayal as we see its disintegration from the final calamity to its genesis, gaining an insight into an ordinary middle-class relationship.

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Marriage breakdown in reverse. Excellent French film..
5 x 2 ( Cinq fois Deux)
This is a very interesting and gripping French film to be highly recommended. It describes in reverse order scenes from a marriage, which ends in divorce. I thought it a wonderful film with much food for thought but it may not be appeal to everyone. It leaves issues tantalisingly unresolved for instance what went wrong with the relationship. We are left to decide for ourselves from a variety of factors on either side. This I think makes it more interesting and like real life.
The film starts with a scene of the judge at the divorce reading without emotion the divorce statement. He describes the marriage in bare terms of interest to the state, property, money childcare etc. As he reads on we see in front of the judge the faces of the couple (Marion (Valeria Bruni-Tedeschi) and Gilles (Stéphane Freiss) who are silently listening and eventually diffidently agreeing to the terms. We as yet do not know them but naturally start to wonder about them as people and try to understand them. We try to give our sympathies to one or the other or both. The film encourages this by going backwards in time to 5 episodes of their life together. These are the divorce, a family meal with Gilles’s brother and his boy friend discussing infidelity and relationships. Marion’s pregnancy and childbirth, the marriage itself and finally there is the first holiday meeting of the couple. Thus the title 5 x 2! That is five episodes of a partnership.
The style of the film changes from the intense psychological drama of the first episode as in a Bergman film to the riotous group and individual happiness of the wedding.
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This is a very interesting and gripping French film to be highly recommended. It describes in reverse order scenes from a marriage, which ends in divorce. I thought it a wonderful film with much food for thought but it may not be appeal to everyone. It leaves issues tantalisingly unresolved for instance what went wrong with the relationship. We are left to decide for ourselves from a variety of factors on either side. This I think makes it more interesting and like real life.
The film starts with a scene of the judge at the divorce reading without emotion the divorce statement. He describes the marriage in bare terms of interest to the state, property, money childcare etc. As he reads on we see in front of the judge the faces of the couple (Marion (Valeria Bruni-Tedeschi) and Gilles (Stéphane Freiss) who are silently listening and eventually diffidently agreeing to the terms. We as yet do not know them but naturally start to wonder about them as people and try to understand them. We try to give our sympathies to one or the other or both. The film encourages this by going backwards in time to 5 episodes of their life together. These are the divorce, a family meal with Gilles’s brother and his boy friend discussing infidelity and relationships. Marion’s pregnancy and childbirth, the marriage itself and finally there is the first holiday meeting of the couple. Thus the title 5 x 2! That is five episodes of a partnership.
The style of the film changes from the intense psychological drama of the first episode as in a Bergman film to the riotous group and individual happiness of the wedding.
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By schumann_bg TOP 50 REVIEWER on 23 May 2014
There are not many films that work backwards through the story, but here it proves to be more than a gimmick. It is a bit like the Vertigo effect in Hitchcock's film, where a forward zoom is accompanied by a sharp distancing of the camera when the character looks down - here we are basically moving backwards through five stages in a relationship, but in each individual one we have to go forwards. It creates a strange dislocation, not unlike that in the relationship which ends in divorce, but at the same time lends certain scenes an ironic undercurrent that can be quite affecting. For instance at the wedding there is some beautiful footage of the couple dancing in their moment of happiness, but it has quite a different resonance in the light of what we know will happen. It strongly suggests everything is predestined, and becomes strangely moving. The very last scene shows them going into waters Marion has already said are dangerous, but the sense of a metaphor, underlined by the length of the shot, cannot be missed as it almost certainly would be if we were at the start of the film. It gets progressively lighter as baggage is shed, ending almost like an Eric Rohmer, with coincidences expected and indeed delivered. The subtlety of the relationship is of a high order; the wedding night is particularly interesting perhaps, opening out almost like a dream - that isn't one. The husband Gilles seems to have a gay aspect to his nature that is intriguing, in that early on we realise his brother's boyfriend has caught his eye, in spite of not very flattering remarks about gayness. It then transpires he has had sex with more than one man at an orgy, watched by his wife, and his favouring certain sexual practices (with two different women) seems to confirm this.Read more ›
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