In Cléo from 5 to 7, Agnès Varda explores the zeitgeist of 1960s Paris through the eyes of Cléo, a beautiful but childish pop singer, who is waiting to hear the results of a biopsy. The film tracks Cléo’s languid yet restless routines between the evening hours of five and seven — commonly understood in France to be the time of day for married people to meet their lovers — but during which the protagonist is forced to confront the prospect of illness and death. This visually gorgeous film is said by many to be the heart of the French New Wave; indeed, not only does it conform to many of its trademarks — including existential themes, long takes, and a tight budget — but it also features cameo appearances by Anna Karina and Jean-Luc Godard, two of the movement’s most influential personalities. This film, Varda’s second feature length title, is among the most beloved of her oeuvre.
Director: Agnès Varda
Running time: 89 minutes
Format: Digital Cinema Package
Source: Janus Films
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