Cleo from 5-7 (1962)

Cléo de 5 à 7 / Cleo from 5 to 7
Feature Film | Drama | France | French | 1h30m
Dir: Agnès Varda | Scr: Agnès Varda | Ph: Paul Bonis, Alain Levent, & Jean Rabier | Prod: Georges de Beauregard & Carlo Ponti | Mus: Michel Legrand | Ed: Pascale Laverrière & Jeanne Verneau | PD: Jean-François Adam, Bernard Evein, & Edith Tertza | AD: Bernard Evein | Snd: Julien Coutelier & Jean Labussière | Cast: Corinne Marchand, Antoine Bourseiller, Dominique Davray, Dorothée Blank, Michel Legrand, José Luis de Vilallonga, Loye Payen, Renée Duchateau, Lucienne Marchand, Serge Korber, Robert Postec

In Varda’s vibrant, meanderingly engrossing real-time character study, a neurotic pop star  (Marchand, excellent) spends a couple of hours killing time whilst awaiting the results of some rather worrying medical tests, which she fears, particularly after an ominous visit to a tarot card reader, will be decidedly grave. She goes shopping with her superstitious maid, entertains a gentlemen caller, meets with her songwriters, and takes in a short silent film with a life model, but is unable to relax until she meets a silver-tongued, Algeria-bound soldier, who agrees to go with her to get the results if she’ll later accompany him to the station and see him off.