5 To 7

Having its debut at the 2014 Tribeca Film Festival, 5 to 7 is a film that totally flew under the radar, but hopefully will gain the fans it deserve via streaming services. Gems like this one really need to be seen. Really reinstilled my love of movie magic. That magic that is creating when director, story, actor, camera work and dialogue all work together.

Despite the fact that his parents, or at least his father (Frank Langella – Frost/Nixon, Muppets Most Wanted), want him to go into law school, Brian Bloom (Anton Yelchin – Star Trek Beyond, The Smurfs 2) keeps his dream of being a writer going despite rejection letter after rejection letter. His life begins to turn around in every way possible after a chance meeting with a beautiful French woman.

Arielle Pierpont (Berenice Marlohe – Skyfall, Song to Song) and Brian smoke together outside a New York City hotel. After a short exchange the married woman tells him she is there everyday at this time and hopes to see him again.

A spark has happened and 24-year-old Brian cannot stay away, despite the fact that she is married. The door opens on an affair when the 33-year-old woman explains that she has an open marriage with her husband (Lambert Wilson – The Matrix Reloaded, Catwoman), a diplomat. She is available between 5 p.m. and 7 p.m. everyday.

Arielle explains that the French expression 5a7 not only refers to happy hour, but a relationship outside of marriage. Soon the two are spending every 5 to 7 together and falling in love. Brian even goes to dinner at Arielle’s house and spends time with her kids while he invites her out to dinner with his father and mother (Glenn Close – Dangerous Liaisons, The Wife). You know this is not going to end well…

The best romantic comedies, not matter how unrealistic they are, draw you in. This one does exactly that. The tragically deceased (at the age of 27) Anton Yeltsin is perfect for this type of romantic comedy. One involving loads of dialogue and the not your typical hunky male lead to be an awkward guy. He has the perfect co-star in the ethereal beauty, Berenice Marlohe. She is not only beautiful, but incredibly charming here.

Interesting comparison is made between American and French culture. The differences are great. An even handed look at it, not biased one way or the other. Shows things that are different about the way they think and live their lives.

As a first film for director Victor Levin (directed episodes of Mad About You and Survivor’s Remorse), who also wrote the screenplay, it shows plenty of maturity as a filmmaker. Though it is a largely quiet film there is still plenty going on to sink your teeth into.

Streaming on Roku Channel.

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