Screened as part of NZIFF 2009

Cléo from 5 to 7 1962

Cléo de 5 à 7

Directed by Agnès Varda

Beautiful new print of the film that put the French New Wave’s Agnès Varda on the map. “Joyful, simple, daring and profound… Cléo is, for me, above all other films of the French New Wave.” —

France / Italy In French with English subtitles
90 minutes 35mm / Colour and B&W

Director, Screenplay


Georges de Beauregard
Carlo Ponti


Paul Bonis
Alain Levent
Jean Rabier


Pascale Laverrière
Jeanne Verneau


Michel Legrand


Corinne Marchard (Florence, ‘Cléo')
Antoine Bourseiller (Antoine)
Dominique Davray (Angèle)
Dorothée Blank (Dorothée)
Michel Legrand (Bob, the pianist)
José Luis de Villalonga (the lover)
Loye Payen (Irma, the fortune-teller)


We call her the grandmother of the French New Wave now but here's the film that put young Agnès Varda on the map – or, more specifically, the streets of 60s Paris. Godard and Anna Karina make cameo appearances in this still bracing protofeminist classic. “I don't know how widely the new 35mm print of Cléo from 5 to 7 will play... but, God, I hope it comes to your town too, because it sure is wonderful. Out of slight material – a spoiled actress and pop star, Cléo (Corinne Marchand), wanders the streets of Paris for two hours, distracted and anxious, while awaiting the results of a medical test – Varda creates a tapestry of city life, and a consideration of mortality, that's joyful, simple, daring and profound... With its lighthearted experimentation and its magical transformation of a shallow, self-absorbed girl into a romantic heroine, Cléo is, for me, above all other films of the French New Wave.” — Andrew O'Hehir,