Introducing Agnes Varda’s “Cleo from 5 to 7” at BAM last night, film critic Dana Stevens spoke of Varda characters who are often roaming and thinking, or thinking about roaming. In the this film the setting is France in the 60s. 1962 to be precise, the year that the New York Film Critics is currently celebrating in a special series.
“Cleo” plays out in real time, starting at 5 p.m. on the first day of Summer and ends somewhere around 6:30 when the young singer comes to grips with news she’s been anticipating all evening. I won’t say much else, but strongly suggest spending even just nine minutes here with the beauty of Varda’s black and white Paris, often reflected.