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  • Summary: 5x2 is a haunting and realistic evocation of the evanescence of love, and how adult relationships evolve over time. Returning to a more intimate scale following his international smash "Swimming Pool," Ozon's chamber drama is an anatomy of a failed marriage told in reverse chronology. (ThinkFilm)
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  1. Positive: 16 out of 24
  2. Negative: 0 out of 24
  1. Ozon's greatest special effect is holding the camera in tight on the faces of Bruni-Tedeschi (one of the most expressive faces in French cinema) and Freiss.
  2. Plays a little like a mystery, the central question of which is not whodunit but why.
  3. 75
    5x2 is a little talky and the pace is slow, but, for this kind of motion picture, it's one of the best around.
  4. In 5 x 2, the 2 are terrific; it's the 5 that needs work.
  5. Reviewed by: Kyle Smith
    63
    France's François Ozon's 5 x 2, which resembles Ingmar Bergman's "Scenes from a Marriage" told in reverse, could be played for laughs, or suspense -- who killed this marriage? -- or with the rueful irony of Stephen Sondheim's backward musical "Merrily We Roll Along."
  6. The film is bleak, not particularly compelling, and the characters are frustrating, the enemies of their own happiness.
  7. For anyone who believes in the gorgeously messy truth of French social drama, it's a grave disappointment.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 6 out of 8
  2. Negative: 1 out of 8
  1. GeorgeG.
    Mar 17, 2006
    9
    This compelling dissection of a marriage gone bad offers superb acting and sublime directing. Viewers who don´t like it obviously are This compelling dissection of a marriage gone bad offers superb acting and sublime directing. Viewers who don´t like it obviously are dead in the brain and between their legs. Expand
  2. albertor.
    Nov 18, 2005
    8
    Has a soap opera infidelity argument cutter and twisted upside down. It is a blow of fresh air in the middle of thousands of action American Has a soap opera infidelity argument cutter and twisted upside down. It is a blow of fresh air in the middle of thousands of action American films. In the beginning (end) of the film a character opens the window to see the Mediterranean Sea and you can feel the wind. There are no bullets, no car persecutions, no drugs, and no heroes. You have only to find the characters reason for their unnatural behavior. Good to share, and discuss ( or argue) with a friend. Expand
  3. AaronA.
    Nov 16, 2006
    8
    Ambitious, superbly acted, imperfect. Recommended.
  4. ChadS.
    Apr 10, 2007
    6
    Giles (Stephane Freiss) and Marion(Valeria Bruni Tedeschi) sign their divorce papers, then they adjourn to a hotel room for some afternoon Giles (Stephane Freiss) and Marion(Valeria Bruni Tedeschi) sign their divorce papers, then they adjourn to a hotel room for some afternoon delight. What is this? "Au revoir" sex? No. "5x2" is telling their story in reverse, and if this narrative device dredges up bad memories of Monica Belluci's anguished screams on a desolate subway platform; relax, Francois Ozon's follow-up to "The Swimming Pool" is closer to "Betrayal" (written by Harold Pinter) than Gaspar Noe's "Irreversible". This disillusioned Parisian couple can't move on because quantum physics is making them relive their personal hell... and heaven. "5X2" is a real downer, however, self-consciously so; every momentous occasion in their married life (the wedding night, the birth of their child) is marred by Gilles' perplexing behavior. In the gaps, their ongoing life that goes unexamined by the camera eye within the fade-outs between every sour vignette aren't nearly as enigmatic as they should be, since the devil in their holy matrimony tells us all we need to know about their marital trajectory before each narrative wormhole snakes into the doomed couple's past. "5X2" is well-acted, nicely photographed, but kind of pointless. Expand
  5. AdrianE.
    Sep 20, 2005
    0
    Don't waste your time watching this! If this is the best French film of the year (yes it's claimed!), then I won't be watching Don't waste your time watching this! If this is the best French film of the year (yes it's claimed!), then I won't be watching any other French ones either!! Very disappointing. Collapse

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