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:: 5 to 7

An aspiring novelist, living in New York, is driven by his work and the goal of success until he lays eyes on a beautiful French woman smoking on the footpath. He manages to spark a conversation and a cigarette. Soon Brian (Anton Yelchin) learns that Arielle (Berenice Marlohe) is married to a Diplomat and the only way they can have some sort of relationship is a cinq-a-sept affair – an old school French idea of adultery between 5 and 7. This poses some ethical dilemmas for the young American but passion overrides any sort of logic eventually.

The plot is simple enough but manages to keep one engaged throughout wondering whether or not this type of relationship is detrimental or beneficial. Interesting enough the story manages to focus on Brian’s experience without shying away from the same questions posed on the married couple. If this allotted adultery time would strengthen or weaken the relationship.

At first glance the difference between the two seems to lack chemistry, but that could just be that Arielle looks smoking hot and Brian not so much. As actors Anton and Berenice exchange dialogue as if they’re pouring water from their bucket to the others. It flows so magically that it encapsulates where love really resides – far deeper than the surface. And “5 to 7” does a mesmerising job of translating mature subject matter maturely, sensibly and beautifully.

The writer and director is best known for his work on the 90’s TV show “Mad About You” so you can expect some impeccable wit. Mainly delivered by Brian's parents played by Glenn Close and Frank Langella. Their roles are fairly small yet so impactful that it’ll leave you enlightened.

This movie is a great romance. The clash of cultures, age, palates, ethics and worldviews is a delight to watch and I wouldn’t be surprised if mature audiences from most ages enjoyed this casually beautiful cinq-a-sept romp.