Five stages in the romance between a woman and a man.

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Cast

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Marion (as Valeria Bruni-Tedeschi)
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Gilles
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Monique
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Bernard
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Valérie
Antoine Chappey ...
Christophe
Marc Ruchmann ...
Mathieu
Jason Tavassoli ...
L'Américain
Jean-Pol Brissart ...
Le Juge
Eliane Kherris ...
L'avocate
Yannis Belkacem ...
Nicolas
Sylvie Debrun ...
L'échographiste
Jean Neisser ...
Le Maire
Ninon Brétécher ...
Sophie (as Ninon Bretecher)
Marie-Madeleine Fouquet ...
La mère de Gilles
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Storyline

The end and beginning of the love of the French couple Marion and Gilles is disclosed backwards through five moments in their lives: 1st moment: They divorce and have one last brutal intercourse without love. 2nd moment: With their relationship shaken, they have a dinner party with Gilles's gay brother Christophe and his younger mate, when an infidelity is disclosed at the dinner table. 3rd moment: The troubled pregnancy of Marion and the delivery of their premature son Nicolas, with the total absence of Gilles. 4th moment: Their wedding, when Marion commits adultery with an unknown guest of the hotel. 5th moment: When they meet each other in an Italian resort and begin their relationship. Written by Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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It takes two to tango in five moves.

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Drama | Romance

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for strong graphic sexuality, language and some drug content | See all certifications »

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1 September 2004 (France)  »

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5 x 2  »

Box Office

Opening Weekend:

£72,621 (UK) (18 March 2005)

Gross:

$127,692 (USA) (26 August 2005)
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Trivia

In the French edition of the DVD, the director offers a version of the movie titled "2 x 5". This version shows the five sequences in the chronological order, from the moment the couple meets till their divorce. Subtle editing work has been applied to make the movie work. See more »

Goofs

During the hotel room scene early in the film, Marion's wedding band changes from the left hand to the right hand, then back to the left again. See more »

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Performed by Philippe Rombi
Courtsey OST by BMG
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A thoughtful look at relationships
26 February 2006 | by (Athens, Greece) – See all my reviews

At 5x2 we see the course of a relationship from end to beginning. The reverse chronology of events is now a well established editing technique which almost always works and intrigues the viewer.

The personalities of both Marion and Gilles are established fairly quickly, but the reasoning behind their actions is usually explained at a later time. In fact, this shows how well written 5x2 is, because throughout all five episodes the characters of the protagonists don't change, their behavior has changed due to actions of the other part.

Both actors deliver high caliber performances and their faces write perfectly on the screen. They do create a chemistry when needed (and a lack of again when needed). Can you believe by the way that beautiful Valeria Bruni is forty years old?

The vintage Italian music adds color to the story and Ozon shows he is an accomplished director. As the movie ends he gives us one of the most idyllic scenes ever filmed.


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