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Cléo de 5 a 7
Original title:
Cléo from 5 to 7
Slovenian title:
Cléo od petih do sedmih
Section:
RETRO: AGNES VARDA
Country, year:
France, Italy, 1962
Length:
90
Directed by:
Agnes Varda
Screenplay:
Agnes Varda
Cinematography:
Paul Bonis, Alain Levent, Jean Rabier
Music:
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Subtitles:
English, slovenian
Language:
French
Voting code:
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Cast:
Corinne Marchand (Cléo), Antoine Bourseiller (Antoine), Dominique D’Avray (Angčle), Dorothée Blank (Dorothée), Michel Legrand (Bob), José-Luis de Vilallonga (ljubimec), Loye Payen (Irma), Lucienne Marchand (taksistka)
Awards:
Cannes 1962, Venice 1962, Méličs Award 1962

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Description:
Agnes Varda's possibly best-known film explores the intricacies of a woman: how women see the world and how the world sees them. Flagrantly violating every principle of cinematic narrative, Cléo from 5 to 7 eloquently captures Paris in the sixties and features cameos by Jean-Luc Godard and Anna Karina.
Young pop singer Cléo awaits the results of a medical examination for cancer. Leaving behind her apartment for the bustle of the Parisian streets, she weaves through crowds while struggling with her fears. Paris provides the backdrop for mirrored reflections: Cléo gazes at faces, shop windows and sees her own mirror image. Brief encounters with strangers etch a real-time portrait of a woman hiding her anxiety under a façade of flightiness, only discarding the mask of superstition, feigned flirtatiousness, femininity and other social attributes when, in the face of possible death, she firmly embraces life and finds hope of love.

"The entire dynamics of the film centres on the moment this woman refuses to be this cliché, on the moment when she no longer wants to be looked at but wants instead to look at others and becomes the looking subject. … Cléo expressed-and still expresses in my view-a young woman's search for identity and that is always the first step in claiming one's feminism." (Agnes Varda)