Cleo From 5 to 7 (Cléo de 5 à 7)
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Cleo From 5 to 7 (Cléo de 5 à 7)
A spoiled and beautiful young pop singer wanders across Paris while awaiting the results of a medical test that may show she has cancer.
Rotten Tomatoes Score: 96%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"Varda transforms the typical French cinema gamine into a complex, tragic figure: the girl who's all too good at playing plaything, forced to face the hollowness of her youth."
‑ Ed Halter, Village Voice
"The filmic transportation from the "ephemeral" to the "miraculous" - from the disguised to the unveiled - speaks volumes in unaffected feminist terms about female reality in Paris in 1961."
‑ Cole Smithey,
"The Parisian streetscapes are beautiful and thrilling, and the tarot scene at the beginning, combined with overheard fragments of anxious city lives, give this something of TS Eliot."
‑ Peter Bradshaw, Guardian
"Like many New Wave films, Cléo from 5 to 7 alternates between ambiguity and charm on the one hand, vagueness and whimsy on the other."
‑ Leo Robson, Financial Times
"Varda uses her documentary skills to take an objective approach to the material, rather than a sentimental one. It's amazing how much can happen in two hours."
‑ Jeffrey M. Anderson, Combustible Celluloid
"Not every minute is as spirited as Varda would like us to believe, but in the cinema of enchantment this ranks pretty high."
‑ , Time Out
"The locations, costumes, and fantastic cinematography and editing present a time-capsule of pure wow."
‑ Staci Layne Wilson,
"Race to see Agnes Varda's exquisite 1962 New Wave masterpiece, about an hour and a half in the life of a gorgeous, possibly dying chanteuse."
‑ Tim Robey, Daily Telegraph
"This remarkable feature typifies all that was good in French film-making during its celebrated New Wave."
‑ David Parkinson, Radio Times
"... has its spirited moments."
‑ Dennis Schwartz, Ozus' World Movie Reviews
"Generally, Mlle. Varda is so absorbed with her camera stunts, as she is in that scene in the hat shop or when she is screening that comedy short, that the essential concentration on the heroine is neglected and the interest lost."
‑ Bosley Crowther, New York Times
"Definitely a document from lost-past times."
‑ Derek Malcolm, This is London
"One of the Nouvelle Vague's boldest achievements."
‑ David Parkinson, Empire Magazine
"Varda could have stopped after "Cleo From 5 to 7" with the assurance that she'd contributed more to cinema than most directors."
‑ Phil Villarreal, Arizona Daily Star
"As good as almost any entry from the French New Wave...a devastating portrait of running out of time..."
‑ Gabe Leibowitz,
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