5 x 2 (Contemporary World Cinema)
2004 - France - 105 minutes
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DIRECTOR: François Ozon
CAST: Valeria Bruni-Tedeschi, Stéphane Freiss, Françoise Fabian, Michael Lonsdale, Antoine Chappey, Géraldine Pailhas, Marc Ruchmann
If you want a love story with a happy ending, perhaps the best way is to start at the end and end at the beginning. Chameleon filmmaker Ozon goes Bergman on us in this telling drama featuring five scenes from a marriage. We begin with their divorce and move backwards taking in an uneasy dinner party, childbirth, their wedding day, and finally, how they first met. Ozon posits that it is not the daily grind that kills love, but rather the flaws in the relationship that exist at the start. The space between the five scenes is the distance between love and the knowledge that love eventually dies. By conjuring that space to life— indeed making it the very subject of the film—Ozon creates a thoughtful and adult mediation on the deterioration of love, culminating in a scene which is at first romantic, yet ultimately tragic. Valeria Bruni-Tedeschi and Stéphane Freiss play the protagonists—archetypal renditions of woman and man—with precision and depth. -AHSFrançois Ozon was born in 1967 in Paris. He graduated in cinema, then attended the prestigious school FEMIS. Many of his films were selected by short film festivals worldwide. In 1996 he was awarded the "Léopard de Demain" for A Summer Dress at the Locarno Film Festival. In 1998 he premiered his first full-length feature, Sitcom, in Critics Week at Cannes, and that summer his hour-long feature Sea the Sea was released to critical acclaim in the USA. In 1999 he premiered Criminal Lovers at the Venice Film Festival and just six months later premiered Water Drops on Burning Rocks (LGBT 1999) at Berlin, where it won the Teddy Bear for Best Gay Feature Film.
PRODUCER: Olivier Delbosc, Marc Missonnier
SCREENWRITER: François Ozon, Emmanuèle Bernheim
CINEMATOGRAPHER: Yorick Le Saux
EDITOR: Monica Coleman
MUSIC: Philippe Rombi
PRINT SOURCE: THINKFilm