Big screen classics

Cleo from 5 to 7

Cléo de 5 à 7

Varda’s classic almost-real-time character study of a young woman wandering Paris as she awaits the results of a medical test.

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France-Italy 1961
Dir Agnès Varda
With Corinne Marchand, Antoine Bourseiller, Michel Legrand
90min
Digital
English subtitles
Certificate PG

Varda’s classic character study follows a successful pop singer as she wanders around Paris while awaiting the results of serious medical tests. More or less recreating ‘real time’, the film chronicles her various encounters (including a marvellous musical interlude with Michel Legrand) with wit and quiet compassion. Jean Rabier’s luminous images, mostly shot on the streets, speak of vitality, anxiety and cautious hope.

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