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Cleo from 5 to 7

Original poster
Directed by Agnès Varda
Produced by Georges de Beauregard
Starring Corinne Marchand
Antoine Bourseiller
Dominique Davray
Dorothée Blanc
Michel Legrand
Music by Michel Legrand
Cinematography Jean Rabier
Editing by Rose Sokol
Janine Verneau
Release date(s) FranceApril11 1962
United StatesSept 4 1962
Running time 90 min
Country France / Italy
Language French

Cléo from 5 to 7 (French: Cléo de 5 à 7) is a 1962 Rive Gauche film by Agnès Varda. The story depicts the life of a young singer, Florence "Cléo" Victoire, between 5 and 6:30 on the evening of June 22 in Paris.

The film is noted for its handling of several of the themes of existentialism, including discussions of mortality, the idea of despair, and leading a meaningful life. The film has a strong feminine viewpoint and raises questions about how women are perceived. The role of mirrors are prevalent to symbolize self-obsession.

The film includes cameos by Jean-Luc Godard, Anna Karina, Eddie Constantine and Jean-Claude Brialy as characters in the silent film Raoul shows Cleo and Dorothee, while composer Michel Legrand, who wrote the film's score, plays "Bob the pianist". It was entered into the 1962 Cannes Film Festival.[1]

Plot

Cléo (played by Corinne Marchand) is a pop singer who wanders around Paris while she awaits her biopsy results in fear she may have cancer. As Cléo readies herself to meet with her doctor at 7 o'clock, she meets with several friends and strangers while trying to grapple with mortality.

Sensing indifference from those nearest to her, she finds herself questioning the doll-like image people have of her and is overcome by a feeling of solitude and helplessness. She finally finds some comfort in the company of stranger she meets in a park (Parc Montsouris) and with whom she is able to have a sincere conversation. He accompanies her to the hospital (Pitié-Salpêtrière Hospital), where she meets the doctor who will give her the results of the exam.

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