Cleo From 5 to 7 (Cléo de 5 à 7)
Cleo From 5 to 7 (Cléo de 5 à 7) (1961)

A spoiled and beautiful young pop singer wanders across Paris while awaiting the results of a medical test that may show she has cancer.

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Rated: Unrated
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Release Date: January 1, 1961
DVD Release Date: May 16, 2000
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Critic Score: 96% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Ed Halter
Village Voice

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.

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Josh Larsen

...stands apart from the French New Wave in that it is very much the story of a woman, not about a woman.

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Derek Malcolm
London Evening Standard

Definitely a document from lost-past times.

Time Out

Not every minute is as spirited as Varda would like us to believe, but in the cinema of enchantment this ranks pretty high.

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Cole Smithey

[VIDEO ESSAY] 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.

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Peter Bradshaw

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.

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Bosley Crowther
New York Times

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.

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Staci Layne Wilson

The locations, costumes, and fantastic cinematography and editing present a time-capsule of pure wow.

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Tim Robey
Daily Telegraph (UK)

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.

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Flixster Audience Score: 89% Flixster User Reviews
Carlos Magalhães
Varda's direction is impeccable, with a wonderful attention to the mise-en-scène, camera movements and use of mirrors to show an absorbing real-time… More
Bruce Bruce
This is from the Criterion Film Collection. I guess its because I am not french or maybe its just a bad run of French Films lately but I think I am going to… More
Stella Dallas
an absolute delight and my current favorite french new wave. wonderful energy and amazing camerawork as we follow a rather shallow popstar in real time as she… More
El Hombre Invisible
This film starts Cleo off a rich, spoiled brat, and ends up finding both love and a certain joie de vivre (pardon my fronch). Cleo is a beautiful but somewhat… More
Stefanie C
while the plot is quite simple, a young capricious woman awaiting test results, this is filmmaking at its finest. varda creates a new fiction by merging real… More
John Ballantine
This was my first encounter with Agnes Varda's work in the sixties. Being impressed with later documentary pieces, I was not surprised to find a terribly… More