End Of The Week Shorts #9 extract: Cléo From 5 to 7 (1962)
Made by French New Wave auteur Agnès Varda, is a subtle romance about superstition, fear and a pursuit of happiness. In such, this is a poignant narrative, wondrously directed and performed with the illusion of being in near-real-time.
What struck me most about Cléo From 5 to 7 was the intimate character study of our main character, Cléo, one that aphoristically, yet without sentimentality or pretence, explores her existential reaction to the news that she may have cancer. This film is then a brilliant feature from the Nouvelle Vague that is much more akin to the films of Truffaut rather than Godard thanks to this focus on content that supersedes a play with form.
All in all, Cléo From 5 to 7 is a brilliantly constructed film by a great auteur that I thoroughly enjoyed and will certainly be seeing again.