Cleo From 5 to 7 (Cléo de 5 à 7)
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Cleo From 5 to 7 (Cléo de 5 à 7)
Cleo From 5 to 7 (Cleo de cinq a sept), per its title, concentrates on two hours in the life of a woman. Those hours are desperate ones, in that Cleo, a pop singer, awaits the results of her tests for cancer. Director Agnes Varda stages the film in "real" rather than subjective time, its various episodes divided into chapters, using significant Tarot cards. During the allotted time, Cleo visits her friends, tries to sing her worries away, spends money, and cries. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi
Rotten Tomatoes Score: 95%

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 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
"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
"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,
"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
"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 [UK]
"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
"By most accounts, photographer-turned-director Agnès Varda is considered the archetypal girl who crashed the big boys' clubhouse, and Cléo from 5 to 7 was the film that paid her membership fee."
‑ Eric Henderson, Slant Magazine
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