“5 to 7” is a cute romance movie showing now at the Playhouse 7 in Pasadena and until April 16. Whether it is its main intention or not, the film leaves you wondering how come the French are so much cooler than us. Is it time to abandon our American Puritanism?
Brian Bloom (Anton Yelchin) is a struggling writer. Luck has it that one afternoon he meets a beautiful woman (Berenice Marlohe) outside Manhattan’s St. Regis Hotel. She is a bit older, married, the mom of two, and French – which also means she doesn’t have as many moral hang-ups as he does. It is ok to have a lover, she says, because her diplomat husband has one already, only whatever goes on must be kept between the hazy hours of 5 p.m. and 7 p.m. It’s the French way. But we the prude Americans know stuff like that will never work! And sure enough, stuff gets complicated.
This is a debut work from writer and director Victor Levin (Mad Men, Mad about You) that also has Glenn Close, Frank Langella, Lambert Wilson and Olivia Thirlby in the cast.
The story has its charms and it is surprisingly not as predictable as one expects it to be. Yelchin does a good job and Marlohe is truly easy to look at. The resolution is borderline cheesy, but let’s be honest. We Americans like cheesy.
“5 to 7” is 96 minutes long, in English. It is rated R for language and brief nudity.
Click here for more information and tickets for the Pasadena screen. “5 to 7” is also showing at Laemmle’s Town Center 5 in Encino.
Photo: Walter Thomson