5 to 7 (2014)

Comedy, Drama, Romance
Bérénice Marlohe, Anton Yelchin, Olivia Thirlby, Glenn Close
An aspiring novelist enters into a relationship with a woman, though there's just one catch: She's married, and the couple can only meet between the hours of 5 and 7 each evening.
5 to 7 too often settles for rom-com clichés, but they're offset by its charming stars, sensitive direction, and a deceptively smart screenplay.
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The story is filled with nice adorable romance and philosophy of love with a strong satisfying ending , but i wished that there were more followable comedy to resonate with.7/10
The story is filled with mixed emotions, the plot is tight and the story generally is easily understandable. The sceenplay is just fine, Victor Levin is a writer and director with good experience , wrote a couple of episodes of "Mad Men" and here it all went fine but to be more honest there were actually more than a couple of dialogues where i had the eagerness to fast-forward a little... but again i kinda liked the ending of the movie ,, it was balanced and unpredictable and to me it was a satisfying one.

The Genre was a bit unfair to be called "Comedy,Drama,Romance" because i kinda found a lack of the first two , so it went full on romance , and i'm not saying that it's a bad thing, but it would'v gone up on the charts of the best Rom-Com this year if it had a little more jokes or goofy or even the stressed comedy scenes as Anton Yelchin's face kinda has the face for such things.

As for the cast,Anton Yelchin is a really good actor but i kinda wanted to see more comedy by him, and i love Olivia Thirlby ,, generally the casting went okay.

Overall, the story is filled with romance and philosophy of love with a strong satisfying ending , but no catchy comedy to follow but it doesn't mean it wasn't rather enjoyable.
"5 to 7" is an adorable, funny and touching romantic comedy, but requires an open mind in order to enjoy it.10/10
Leave it to the French. As if romance in modern America weren't already challenging enough, along come a French couple living in the U.S., complicating things further. Apparently, in France, if you're going to have an affair, 5 to 7 p.m. is the accepted time. It's the time of day when your whereabouts are naturally somewhat ambiguous, which makes it easier to discretely engage in this kind of… activity. And, if you have an understanding spouse, such a thing is perfectly acceptable! In fact, if the rules are followed and everyone involved is agreeable, all of you can even be friends! Anyway, that's the basic set-up for the romantic comedy "5 to 7" (R, 1:35). Now, I don't usually do this, but I feel the need, for the sake of my personal safety, to begin this review with a disclaimer: Although I thoroughly enjoyed this movie, no one with whom I have been, am or might one day be in a relationship should read into this review any approval on my part of any of the attitudes or activities depicted in this movie or any desire on my part to engage in such activities. Whew. Okay. I think I'm covered. On with the review… Anton Yelchin (best known as Chekov in the recent "Star Trek" films) plays Brian Bloom, an aspiring writer in his mid-20s. He meets a sophisticated French woman named Arielle (Berenice Marlohe, the "Bond girl" in "Skyfall") on the streets of New York City. She's outside smoking, he's a smoker too, he speaks a little French, yada yada yada, another Big Apple romance is born. The problem is that she's married. Or IS that a problem? She mentions her marital status very (note to self, insert appropriate French word here)… nonchalantly. Brian is confused. Arielle explains that the French have a different attitude towards these issues. She and her diplomat husband, Valery (Lambert Wilson, a veteran of both French and American films), are each free to take a lover, as long as they are discreet and only "get together" between the film's titular hours. Brian moves from confused to freaked out, but he goes for it. After all, Arielle is beautiful, sexy, cultured and has a magnetic personality… all of which I'm noting purely objectively, of course. (I am in SO much trouble right now.) Things go swimmingly for Brian and Arielle. Arielle is so happy, that her husband notices, tracks down Brian and… invites him to dinner. Brian is still very uneasy about this whole arrangement, but he accepts Valery's invitation. At said dinner, Brian meets a New York conductor, a restaurateur and, in a random but cool cameo, civil rights pioneer Julian Bond. Brian also meets Valery and Arielle's perfect children – and Valery's mistress, Jane (Olivia Thirlby, who appeared in another unconventional romantic comedy called "No Strings Attached" in 2011), and Jane just happens to be an editor at a NYC publishing house. Soon, Brian's parents (Glenn Close and Frank Langella) pop up, meet everyone and comment on the goings-on. The crazy thing is everyone gets along with everyone… until at least one member of this group inevitably ends up wanting more than just a 5 to 7 romance.

"5 to 7" is completely adorable! Every single one of the characters (and I mean EVERY SINGLE ONE) comes across as so genuine, kind, interesting and fun that I would want to hang out with any of them, but preferably all of them (nothing kinky, of course). And they're not only fun, but also very funny! This is a smile-from-ear-to-ear romantic comedy that also has more than its share of laugh-out-loud moments. But as adorable and humorous as it is, this film is also touching, romantic and even thought-provoking. Embedded in the dialog and the plot is a subtle, but powerful message for tolerance and against judging the culture of another based on the standards of your own. However, I should point out that, even though I love this movie, I also loved "The Godfather" but still haven't joined the mafia. Just sayin'. Seriously though, "5 to 7" is a wonderful film and can be enjoyed by anyone open-minded enough to watch it without judgment. "A+"
Til then then7/10
Greetings again from the darkness. Somewhere along the line, the magic of movie romance has been lost. Love stories these days tend to take either the direction of snark or sap (or whips). Ever so popular in the 1940's and 50's, well-written sentimentality for the big screen would best be described these days as passe'. And that's what makes writer/director Victor Levin's little film such a pleasure to experience.

We begin with a narrator proclaiming that some of the best writing is found on the tribute plaques attached to the benches within Central Park. Those plaques are used a few times throughout the film to drive home a particular situation or status within the story. The narrator is Brian (Anton Yelchin, Star Trek), a 24 year old struggling writer whose parents want him to give up his writing dream and head to law school.

One day, while walking through the city, Brian catches a glimpse of striking woman smoking a cigarette. He crosses the street and the two exchange some clever banter. Just like that … the story begins and their lives are forever changed.

The woman is Arielle (Berenice Marlohe, Skyfall), and she is French, older than Brian, and married … 3 things that are equally problematic according to his dad (Frank Langella), though his mom (Glenn Close) is just thrilled someone likes her boy. As the flirting escalates, Arielle proceeds to explain to Brian that she is open to seeing him daily between the hours of 5:00 pm and 7:00 pm. Familiar with French language, but unfamiliar with customs, Brian is brought up to speed on "cinq a sept" affairs – a tradition in France, where a married person's whereabouts are not questioned during the period after work and before home.

As you might guess, the affair does wonders for Brian as he is finally experiencing the world … passion … connection. Arielle opens his eyes and mind to many things, and Brian is especially taken aback as the lines blur between family and outsiders. This leads him to meet Jane (Olivia Thirlby), who is not just a rising young editor, but also the mistress to Arielle's husband Valery (Lambert Wilson). Yes, it's a tangled web that's woven.

Mr. Levin's script is remarkable in its effectiveness at providing the awkward situations with a dose of humor; and his targets include Jews, the French, and Americans and their customs. It's impossible not to think of the classic film The Graduate, or even Linklater's "Before" franchise, but this one is different … it does not shy away from sentimentality, romance or emotion. The film wears its heart on its sleeve – or more aptly, the screen. We feel (good and bad) right along with the characters.

The camera only uses close-ups when it must, and instead allows the scene and the characters to breathe. There is a simple looking, but wonderful shot of Brian and Arielle walking through Central Park directly towards the camera. They are in discovery mode towards each other, and it's fascinating to listen and watch.

Anyone who fancies themselves a writer will tip their cap to no less than eight lines that are near perfection. Being "too happy to write" is certainly a relatable emotion, but few films feature better last lines than this one … if only we could each be that one reader to which the line refers. If you are open to some heartfelt sentimental romance, then give this one a watch. If not, you'll certainly find no shortage of reviews from caustic critics so quick to rip a film lacking in snark and sarcasm.
A smart, endearing, and entertaining romantic comedy8/10
5 to 7 is a smart, endearing, and entertaining film, well interpreted and, while in the course of deftly playing off cultural stereotypes, resonantly manifesting significant character development.

The plot revolves around a romance with repercussions that demonstrate a significant gap between American and French social mores. That very gap becomes the stage for the film's comic zone, where the protagonist and his parents manifest the angst that generates its constant chuckles and a few really good belly-laughs.

The film fits squarely into the Uptown New York awkwardness-generates-witty-repartee pattern that has been so well established by Woody Allen and followed by Whit Stillman. Well crafted dialogue delivered convincingly.

Anton Yelchin turns in a compelling performance as the protagonist, Brian. He interprets a highly endearing character: sensitive, intelligent, thoughtful, driven and respectful. He and each of the principle characters display commendable characteristics that make them all highly likable.

Berenice Marlohe glows with exuberant kindness and empathy. Lambert Wilson, expertly portraying that which Americans find both typical and impenetrable of the (particularly aristocratic) French, reveals therein universally-recognizable and enviable grace and integrity. The audience at the Miami Jewish Film Festival howled with laughter as Glenn Close and Frank Langella, playing Brian's parents, masterfully interpreted the Jewish martyr-mother and stubborn father, respectively.

Victor Levin's directorial sensitivity enticed each of these actors to interpret stereotypic portrayals in a loving manner, to great comic and dramatic effect. Levin walks the line perfectly without offense. The characters are not caricatures: they are quintessential and highly endearing and human incorporations of their representative communities.

As the plot unfolds, Brian becomes a study in character development. He learns, on all planes, the value of dedication, sacrifice, and a good underlying moral compass. The story is accessible and compelling. It speaks to serendipity and the extent to which life is a sum of our experiences, most markedly seen in relationships. I found a very resonant message that these relationships are best savored with sensitivity to their context and they always be remembered with sweetness. Ain't that the truth!
Romantic Fantasy is Clever & Humorous8/10
This is the type of movie that I had to view as a romantic fantasy, as it really stretches credibility at times. Yet, I eventually found it to be a clever and humorous film, with a razor sharp, although most sugary script, from Victor Levin, who also directed the movie.

Anton Yelchin stars as Brian, an aspiring but consistently rejected writer, who meets the most gorgeous Arielle in a chance encounter on a New York City street. Arielle is portrayed by the French actress Berenice Marlohe, who just seems to light up the screen whenever she appears, and I have to say has perhaps the most seductive walk since Marilyn Monroe.

Although not always believable, there's an instant chemistry between Brian and Arielle. However, she's married to a French diplomat, ably portrayed by Lambert Wilson, and has 2 children. Arielle and her husband Valery, though, have an understanding that they can both have affairs between the hours of 5 and 7, but then must return to the reality of their marriage. Valery has been in an affair with an editor, Jane, also very well played by Olivia Thirlby, for over a year now.

Of course, as Arielle and Brian become more intimate and closer in their relationship, the question will be if they can continue with these restrictive rules or will they break free and want more for themselves? The superb actors Frank Langella and Glenn Close are terrific as Brian's parents, and there's a scene in a restaurant where Brian introduces them to Arielle that I thought was outrageously funny.

All in all, despite the many contrivances, I somehow found this film grabbed a hold of me and kept me engaged all the way to its poignant final scenes.