Fifth about The Seventh

Cléo from 5 to 7 (Cléo de 5 à 7)

Cléo from 5 to 7: Agnès Varda’s is a deceptively simple film, a roughly in real-time journey of a woman away from despair and around an alive, at times grotesque, Paris. Her starting attitude feels justified, and what happens to her is emotionally relatable; so much more so since she is a complex, not fully likable, character. It’s a beautiful performance by Corinne Marchand, who alternates between sadness and petulance in the space of a dime; her beauty is also striking, explaining the constant, unrequested flirting she is the target of. Antoine Bourseiller has a fine presence as one of those who seems to simply be different and ends up being instrumental in her journey. The film has very expressive visuals, both editing and cinematography; the camera is at times very cinéma vérité-like, always moving elegantly. The music, by Michel Legrand, is beautiful.

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