France, 1962. Directed by Agnès Varda. 89 min. NR
Presented in French with English subtitles.
Sunday 8 March 4PM / The Film House
Agnès Varda eloquently captures Paris in the 60s with this real-time portrait of a singer (Corinne Marchand) set adrift in the city as she awaits test results of a biopsy. After an ominous tarot card reading, she visits her friends, all of whom fail to give her the emotional support she needs. Wandering around Paris, she finally finds comfort talking with a soldier in a park. On leave from the Algerian War, his troubles put hers in perspective. As they talk and walk, Cléo comes to terms with her selfishness, finding peace before the results come back.
“That intimate look at a woman’s life and heart set Varda’s work apart from that of her male contemporaries. Playful, charming, and haunting. Cléo is also the very definition of a masterpiece.”
– Caryn James, BBC Culture
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