5 to 7 is a wonderful big screen debut for Victor Levin, the executive producer for “Mad Men” both in directing and screenwriting. Despite some top critics’ opinions that the movie has a “sitcom-ish superficiality” and new York is a fantasy version of what actually is, as well as the French women are not like the one here, it has a fresh look and a more than smart screenplay. Actually all the cliches in it are very wise used. I have the feeling that all the unfavorable reviews were made by people with no sense of humor who never experienced real love.
When extramarital relationships are agreed between husband and wife, such a relation doesn’t remain an adultery, but more of an extended friendship. Victor Levin offers a new dimension for love and marriage survival. With children or without children, a marriage is rarely an example of a happy relationship between two partners. Sometimes, things have to be spiced up for it to really work happily ever after.
5 to 7 plot
A young aspiring writer wandering through Manhattan, met a very good looking lady smoking in front of a known restaurant. He approaches her and lights himself a cigarette, addressing her in French because of her cigarette’s smell (“Spanish or French”), a Gitane or Gauloise, if you allow me to add from experience. She answers and that marked the beginning of a beautiful friendship. She is elegant, she is classy, he is clean and funny, witty and obviously younger.
Here, the critics went awry that there’s no such thing, as a French reap woman to fall for some baby face like Brian, the writer designed by his parents to go to the law school, and that his Jewish parents must be very rich to afford him a flat in Manhattan without him having a steady job. From here on I wont continue to spoil this romantic smart film with everyone in place.
There are not many actors here, and to prove that Levin is very well connected, some real famous people also appear in the movie as themselves. That made some critics to gloat with envy that some cameos were mediocre. It stars Anton Yelchin as Brian, the young writer, Olivia Thirlby as Jane, Brian’s future editor, Eric Stoltz as Galassi, Jane’s boss, a publisher, Glenn Close as Arlene, Brian’s mother, Bérénice Marlohe as Arielle, the French woman, Frank Langella as Sam, Brian’s father, Lambert Wilson as Valery, Arielle’s husband.
Instead of the poster, I found this picture down here as being more relevant for my post.
Leslie Hassler said that “seeing the film, meeting and photographing the cast and the director, I came away with a warm feeling that something beautiful had been captured, a true love story – with humor, sadness, fear, pain and all of the emotions one hopes to experience in life. Frank Langella especially stood out and the scenes with Glenn Close, Anton and Bérénice are priceless!” I subscribe!
5 to 7’s best trailer
I feel very bad for this young actor who recently died in a freaky accident in his car walk. He was only 27 and happily he doesn’t feel a thing anymore. The movie was released in 2014, has a 7.1 imdb rating, which is quite good. Also has a rating of 72% on Rotten Tomatoes which again is not bad. I highly recommend it, don’t avoid the opportunity to watch it and don’t believe bad mouths, they haven’t met true love yet, so they don’t get it.
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