Cléo 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 and with whom she is able to have a sincere conversation.
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Cleo from 5 to 7 is probably Agnes Varda’s most well known masterpiece. As all art movies its more about the visual style than the actual plot. The plot can be summed up as the story of a famous singer who realizes that she may die of cancer. She awaits her results with a mosey sense of gloom and dread. The movie is basically following her around from 5 o clock to 7 o clock with everything she does documented for the viewer.
We see a strange relationship between Cleo and her servant. Her servant is strange in that she always tries to undermine Cleo as if she is jealous of her lifestyle. I found the servant to be a bit of a sadist enjoying the pain of Cleo under the guise of friendship.
Cleo eventually runs into her lively and youthful friend and hangs out with her without telling her of her illness. They eventually split ways and Cleo is again left alone to cope with her tragic future. She eventually meets a young soldier whom she initially despises, but grows fond of as she realizes that he is not interested in getting in her pants. They connect on a human basis with conversations about life. Together they learn the truth about her disease, but the soldier eventually goes off to Algeria leaving Cleo alone again. All in all Cleo from 5 to 7 is an interesting window into human emotion and the need for human interaction.