Cleo from 5 to 7
Cléo de 5 à 7
Varda’s classic portrait of a pop singer whiling away time in Paris as she awaits the results of medical tests.
Corinne Marchand, Antoine Bourseiller, Dorothée Blanck, Michel Legrand
France-Italy 1962. 90min
With two hours to fill until she receives the results of important medical tests, pop singer Cléo wanders the streets of Paris… Evocative (almost) of real-time passing, Varda’s classic adopts a documentary-like naturalism – with one scene a glorious exception – even as it gets inside the mind of its understandably anxious protagonist. An unsentimental and incisive character study, and a vivid portrait of early ’60s Paris.