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Ozon, as he's shown in his many recent films (particularly Under the Sand), knows a thing or two about love and loss; 5x2 achingly demonstrates both.
Unwinds with absolute clarity and sure style, and Freiss and Bruni-Tedeschi make an interesting couple, if not a truly memorable one.
San Francisco Chronicle:
You can get an idea of the two seemingly contradictory truths about this movie: It's not much fun, and it's impossible to stop watching.
Gilles and Marion may be more than the sum of their regrets, but because their creator hasn't done the math, they remain touching stick figures.
Los Angeles Times:
[Seems] less like scenes from a marriage than highlights from a gay man's fevered nightmare of what it would be like to be a straight married couple.
Ozon stages each scene so assuredly, with such a fluid sense of motive and desire, that I assumed we'd witness how even the best of intentions, from each party, could strand a marriage on the rocks. But no.
Absent a meaty rationale, reading the story of a marriage backward smacks of derivative gimmickry.
Bruno-Tedeschi has one of those alert, off-kilter screen faces that burn with light and intelligence even as their characters slide into darkness: a tragedienne of the first order.
New York Observer:
With his convoluted narrative, Mr. Ozon has avoided some of the sentimental pitfalls of his subject, but only at the expense of much of its suspense.
New York Times:
Francois Ozon uses reverse chronology to tell the story of a failed marriage. The device is not exactly a novelty, but it does make some dramatic sense in this case.
5x2 is a little talky and the pace is slow, but, for this kind of motion picture, it's one of the best around.
Globe and Mail:
We never get to know the twosome, and the intense curiosity generated by the opening scene starts to wane severely.
The inevitability of the conceit could wear on us, were it not for the lived-in performances of the cast, most important Bruni-Tedeschi and Freiss.
It integrates ordinary pleasures, anxiety, joy, doubt and loneliness into a slightly melancholy portrait that's deceptively simple but never dull.
5x2 tacitly interrogates the tyrannizing ideals and hypocritical norms that compel people into doomed relationships that persist long enough for lasting damage to occur.
The film is Bergman's Scenes From a Marriage without the boring parts -- wait, I'm not supposed to say that.