Tuesday, December 29, 2015

Sight & Sound Challenge: Cléo from 5 to 7 (1962)

Film: Cléo from 5 to 7 (69/250) 
Critics Poll: 202nd 
Directors Poll: 546th 
First Time/Rewatch: First Time

There are far too few films by female directors on the Sight & Sound top 250, and this is one of those few. Director Agnès Varda tells the story of a woman awaiting the results of her biopsy, suspecting she has cancer and fearing the absolute worst. She is glamorous, vain, scared, and vulnerable. She wanders around Paris, through cafes, a park, a hat shop. I felt as impatient for her test results as she is, following her around the city in almost real time. I felt her anxiety, her fear, and ultimately, her freedom.

I actually watched this film a day before the attacks in Paris and wrote this post the following day.  While watching the film I was reminiscing about a past trip to Paris, and how lovely the city is. It's strange reflecting on a film showing everyday Paris in a world without ISIS and all these other cowards. The world has always been cruel but I'm thankful that cinema provides an means of escape, of serving as a time capsule, and giving me the opportunity to live another life for a little while. Paris, on film and in real life, you're always beautiful. 

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