Cleo from 5 to 7

Agnès Varda eloquently captures Paris in the sixties with this real-time portrait of a singer set adrift in the city as she awaits test results of a biopsy. A chronicle of the minutes of one woman’s life, Cléo from 5 to 7 is a spirited mix of vivid vérité and melodrama.

Cléo de 5 à 7
France, Italy 1962
  • Czech
91 min.
  • This film is available until 31. 3. 2025 in these territories: Czechia, Slovakia.

The drama Cleo from 5 to 7 had already attracted considerable acclaim at the 1962 Cannes IFF. French critics called it „a delicate, dazzling film that resembles a deeply felt lament“. Varda attempted to express one of the most compelling feelings of people of her generation, a sense of insecurity, inner turmoil and fear. The heroine of the film, the beautiful popular singer Cléo, believes she has cancer. A laboratory examination is to confirm or refute her assumption. Until Cléo becomes certain of her condition, she experiences a martyrdom of anxiety, compounded by the fact that no one believes her, no one shares her fear. Although she is surrounded by people, she is completely alone. That is why she clings so eagerly to the strange young man who approaches her in the park and who is the only one who understands her condition. It's no coincidence: the young man is a soldier fighting in Algeria. He too is in constant danger of death – and this brings them closer together. The main roles are played by Corinne Marchand, Dominique Davray and Antoine Bourseiller, with Jean-Luc Godard and Anna Karina appearing in cameo roles.

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Director: Agnès Varda
Screenplay: Agnès Varda
Cinematography: Paul Bonis, Alain Levent, Jean Rabier
Music: Michel Legrand
Sound: Jacques Maumont, Julien Coutelier, Jean Labussière
Editing: Pascale Laverrière, Janine Verneau
Producer: Georges de Beauregard, Carlo Ponti
Costumes: Alyette Samazeuilh
Cast: Corinne Marchand, Antoine Bourseiller, Dominique Davray, Dorothée Blanck, Michel Legrand, José Luis de Vilallonga, Loye Payen, Renée Duchateau, Lucienne Marchand, Serge Korber
  • This film is available until 31. 3. 2025 in these territories: Czechia, Slovakia.