5X2 (2004)


Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.5

France, 2004.  , , , , , , , , .  Screenplay by Francois Ozon, collaboration with .  Cinematography by .  Produced by , .  Music by .  Production Design by .  Costume Design by .  Film Editing by .   

Francois Ozon effectively examines the disintegration of a marriage by playing five key scenes in reverse chronological order. We see the couple in question divorce, followed by a scene from their married life with their toddler, then the birth of their son, their wedding night (and oh what a wedding night!) and finishing with the beginning of their romance.  is luminous as the female half of the couple, while  is compelling as the male, the two of them achieving a fascinating level of intimacy that the camera never tires of exploring. The characters are rich and the screenplay is absolutely impeccable, its reverse storytelling a successful device at letting us in on who these people are and what makes them tick.

European Film Award Nomination:  Best European Actress (Valeria Bruni Tedeschi)

Toronto International Film Festival:  2004

Venice Film Festival:  In Competition


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