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5 X 2

5 X 2

Review score: * * * * *

cast: Valeria Bruni-Tedeschi, Stéphane Freiss, Géraldine Pailhas

year: 2004

colour: no

certificate: 15

director: Francois Ozon

runtime: 90

Five times two or how to live with someone else: five moments in the life of a modern couple.... 5x2 shows scenes from a modern marriage in reverse order, like Pinter's Betrayal. We see the disintegrationfrom the final calamity to its genesis, and gain a stunning insight into an ordaniry middle-class relationship@that of Marion (Valeria Bruni-Tedeschi) and Gilles (Stephane Freiss). First, the divorce proceedings, then an unhappy dinner party, the birth of the couple's only son, the wedding and finally the first meeting. The result is a shrewd, compassionate and often quite brilliant essay in the secret theatre of relationships.- Peter Bradshaw, The Guardian Year of release in Britain: 2005


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