5x2 (5 x 2: Five Times Two)
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The rise and fall of one couple's marriage goes under the microscope in this drama from French filmmaker François Ozon. Gilles (Stephane Freis) and Marion (Valeria Bruni-Tedeschi) have filed for divorce following several years of marriage, and after the judge declares their union is over, the film follows the couple through five lengthy flashbacks, presented in reverse chronological order, in which glimpses of their lives together are shown, ending with the couple meeting for the first time. As the film follows the peaks and valleys of Gilles and Marion's relationship, viewers witness… More
Rotten Tomatoes Score: 65%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"A cool, sometimes chilly dissection of one couple's relationship."
‑ Steve Murray, Atlanta Journal-Constitution
"Ozon, as he's shown in his many recent films (particularly Under the Sand), knows a thing or two about love and loss; 5x2 achingly demonstrates both."
‑ Moira MacDonald, Seattle Times
"The acting of both leads is good, at times more than that, but you feel that you've already seen every scene they're in, in countless other movies."
‑ David Noh, Film Journal International
"Ozon has a studied, contemplative style at work here."
‑ Rory L. Aronsky, Film Threat
"The soulful Bruni-Tedeschi gives the impression that her beautiful face is bruised, even though it is blemish free; it's one of the best performances of the year."
‑ John Beifuss, Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN)
"Gilles and Marion may be more than the sum of their regrets, but because their creator hasn't done the math, they remain touching stick figures."
‑ Ty Burr, Boston Globe
"Unwinds with absolute clarity and sure style, and Freiss and Bruni-Tedeschi make an interesting couple, if not a truly memorable one."
‑ Michael Wilmington, Chicago Tribune
"It ends where the story begins at an Italian seaside resort as the couple happily swim off together into the sunset at their first encounter."
‑ Dennis Schwartz, Ozus' World Movie Reviews
"Peeling off the emotional layers one by one, François Ozon's 5 X 2 reveals intimate snapshots of a relationship, simply but searingly."
‑ Urban Cinefile Critics, Urban Cinefile
"Even while we're flipping through the snapshots of two people's ultimate disenchantment with each other, it never feels tawdry or excessive or, for that matter, very interesting."
‑ Marc Savlov, Austin Chronicle
"Stripping away the extraneous details that etch great screen characters in our minds forever, Mr. Ozon pinpoints key moments in the life of a pair of married Parisians that leave the viewer paralyzed with boredom and confusion."
‑ Rex Reed, New York Observer
"Neither Marion, with her melancholy stares, nor Gilles, with his detachment and his cigarettes, appears more than a character sketch."
‑ Steven Rea, Philadelphia Inquirer
"Deconstructing the breakup of a romance in reverse chronological order is no longer original; Pinter has done it in "Betrayal.""
‑ Emanuel Levy, EmanuelLevy.Com
"(...) Es de esas películas que vale quizá más por las reflexiones y debates que dispara entre las personas que como pieza cinematográfica en sí misma."
‑ Enrique Buchichio, Uruguay Total
"We watch Marion and Gilles with a sort of clinical detachment, and it's difficult to really care."
‑ Robert W. Butler, Kansas City Star
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