Two hours from 17:00 to 19:00h on the longest day of the year in the life of a young Parisienne is presented. Florence Victoire, who is better known by her stage name Cléo Victoire (as in Cleopatra), is a singer with three hit singles to her name, and as such some renown. Two days ago, she went in for some tests for abdominal issues to see if it is cancer. She will be getting the results today at 18:30h. She is certain that it will be a terminal cancer diagnosis, her mind fixated on that outcome and what it actually means. This belief affects how she approaches the day, from her encounters with friends and acquaintances to what she observes in total strangers around her. It could be as simple as how she views the lyrics to new songs presented to her from her songwriting team, to her feelings about a conversation she overhears in a café between a couple having relationship problems, to the typical sweet nothings spoken to her from her lover, José. There are certain things that do ...Written by
Underwent a 2K restoration in 2012 through the Archives Françaises du Film du CNC and supervised by writer/director Agnès Varda, with image work done at the Digimage laboratory and sound work at Elude. See more »
In the beginning of Chapter 3, as Cleo is putting on a black hat, the camera-man's right arm can be seen in the mirror next to her. See more »
Florence, 'Cléo Victoire':
Have you ever been in love?
Often, but never as deeply as I wanted. Girls just like to be loved. They're afraid to give themselves, to lose something. The love by halves. Their bodies are playthings, not their lives. So I stop halfway too. Excuse me for saying all this.
Florence, 'Cléo Victoire':
No, you're right.
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An existential film about looking on the bright side (ironically).
To me, this is a movie about looking on the bright side of life... from the point of view of someone who isn't. We follow Cleo, a beautiful singer, through a day of her life (from 5:00 to 7:00) as she waits to find out if she has cancer. It's a very simple plot, and I think this simplicity is what allows the film to show Cleo's inner turmoil so well. This movie has strong existential undertones. In the beginning of the film, Cleo believes her fate is just that: fate. She is superstitious to the point of paranoia. Through the course of the film, she discovers that she is in control of her own life, and even in something that seems out of her control -- like cancer -- she has the freedom to decide how she will look at it and whether or not she will let it ruin her life.
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