French stereotypes in American cinema, you’re going to have to wait a little longer. Writer/director Victor Levin’s feature directorial debut, “5 to 7,” is an unorthodox romance about an aspiring novelist, Brian (Anton Yelchin), who engages in an affair with Arielle (Berenice Marlohe), a gorgeous, free-spirited French woman (is there any other kind in American movies?) who also happens to be happily married.
This open affair becomes complicated when Brian and Arielle fall in love, which doesn’t sit well with Arielle’s diplomat husband, Valery (Lambert Wilson a.k.a. Merovingian from the two shitty “Matrix” sequels), who’s also seeing someone on the side (Olivia Thirlby). Is it too much to hope for a foursome in the third act to perhaps bring something genuinely interesting and “thought-provoking” to such a maudlin-looking romance?
Levin primarily hails from the world of the small screen, having written many episodes of “Mad Men,” “Mad About You,” and “Dream On,” which was a truly underrated show. The film also stars Glenn Close and Frank Langella as Brian’s supportive-but-cranky parents. The first trailer for “5 to 7” was recently released, and you can check it out below. It opens in theaters on April 3rd and will be available on VOD April 10th.