Pinhole Movie Reviews

Cléo from 5 to 7 / Cléo de 5 à 7 by tincolor

Corinne Marchand is a pop singer in early 1960s Paris and today is the day she’s going to find out if she will die from cancer. As the title suggest the film basically runs in real time from 5 to 7 PM, during which Cléo just kind of floats through the day. Cleo’s story is presented as neither a fairytale nor a tragedy and despite the film’s clear existential and feminist themes, all said and done, Cleo and the hour and a half we spend with her are both pretty mundane. In that respect, the tone of the film does an excellent job of mirroring the numbness that Cléo must feel as she waits for her diagnosis. And the ending? Oh, you can rest assured that a giant “fin” will grace the screen at exactly the moment you’ve come to expect it. Great music by Michel Legrand, cameo appearances by Jean-Luc Godard and Anna Karina and beautiful black and white cinematography. Worth checking out.



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