Here's what I like about Ozon: even his less memorable films are always nice to watch and never a bore. Telling this failed love story backwards and restraining it to only 5 episodes was a smart move that made the film less banale. Great duo of leading actors, the soundtrack was fabulous and all the unseen and untold stories just made me admire the director's confidence more. The sunset was a bittersweet goodbye.
banale liebesgeschichte, uninteressant und irrelevant - insgesamt für einen ozon sehr sehr enttäuschend. mir sinds außerdem zu viele gendertypische klischees (devote frau, dominanter mann etc.). oder ist das jetzt "typisch französich"?! bruni-tedeschi nervt jedenfalls hart. was ich ebensowenig nachvollziehen konnte ist, was die zwei aneinander finden... aber gut, das ist ja widerum so wie im echten leben auch...
We don't know much: why they fell in love, how their marriage progressed, why they split. Even though their marriage is under a microscope, all of it remains too vage. Besides, their is a huge distance among them and also towards the audience. That makes the protagonists unsympathic. All in all disappointing. 2,5 stars.
What I liked : the idea, the main characters in particular Tedeschi, THE SOUNDTRACK (Paolo Conte, Luigi Tenco), the atmosphere (choose wisely when you watch this film, not like I did, in the middle of the day, constantly having to do stuff). What I didnt like : the whole sex stuff, which in my opinion was exaggerated and unnecessary. But hey, french film. It had to be.
The obvious comparisons are 'Betrayal' by Pinter and 'Irreversible' by Noe. Most extreme goes to Noe, though the brutality in '5x2' is much more personal. Pinter is such a gifted writer that he doesn't have to have his characters resort to physical violence. The violence is in the dialogue. These 3 all have that somewhat sickly sweet endings/beginnings that we'd love to remain in. But life moves on.
A more engaging use of the reverse narrative structure previously employed in Noe's Irreversible, with fall again preceding decline. A tad cold and obvious but nevertheless a decent example of the French talking-heads mode of middle class cinema with enough home truths between the cool exposition to make this generally satisfying viewing. A pair of well judged performances from the leads help lead the conviction.
Despite the fact that I enjoy how Ozon creates more questions than provides answers throughout this film, it's still too simple and quite dull. I needed more fodder and sadly this film didn't provide. I've seen three other Ozon films, and they've all been better than this.