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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

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