Movie Review: 5 To 7 is the prime time for romance, says this love story fit for primetime

The two hours spanning 5 to 7 p.m. have great meaning for the French. In Agnès Varda’s 1962 film Cléo From 5 To 7, the protagonist spends them anxiously waiting to hear whether or not she has cancer. Varda chose that particular time, however, for a reason: She meant to subvert a longtime Gallic notion that those are the carefree hours one spends with one’s lover, between getting off work and having to be home for dinner. Just such a cinq à sept affair, transplanted to the streets of New York, provides the basis of 5 To 7, an unabashedly sincere romance that could have been made back in the days when that expression was still current. (A Time magazine article in 1966 noted that “love in the afternoon” had supplanted it; the erotic hours had become 2 to 4 p.m. Maybe the pendulum has swung …

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