Monday, December 8, 2008

Cleo from 5 to 7

Cleo From 5 to 7 depicts a woman who is a child living in an adult world but undergoes a transition in terms of her own personal growth. In the beginning of the film she is more of a child. This is depicted by her mood swings, being happy one moment then stubborn and angry the next, and also by her surroundings. Her apartment is like a nursery and she is babied by almost everyone around her. This character is then confronted by Antoine, a soldier, who is the first person to really treat her like an actual adult. This, coupled with the impending test results (that Cleo thinks might be cancer), leads Cleo to grow up a little bit and have a few revelations.  
The film has a large deception theme running throughout the two hours. There are many street magicians, Cleo isn't really her real name (it's Florence), and she is also very superstitious. These ideas of deception spotted in the film relay the message that although there can be a sense of insecurity about a person, they still can be brought back down to earth. She is a very self-conscious person, constantly worrying about her image and how others perceive her, but the film still recognizes her growth as a person and although it pokes fun at materialism, it still strips away and lays bare the reality of what can happen in a few hours.

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