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Celo 5-7 Tarot card sequenceI
02-09-2018, 04:32 PM
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Celo 5-7 Tarot card sequenceI
I love this movie and this scene in particular

What would you do if you were waiting to hear from your doctor about a potentially fatal illness? How would time start to feel? Would it feel sharply accelerated or laboriously slow? You look in the mirror and remind yourself that you’re still alive. The bustle of life continues all around you, suddenly alien. Something feels definitively off.

Agnès Varda’s 1961 film Cléo de 5 à 7 is about this headspace, following Cléo Victoire (Corinne Marchand), who is awaiting news about a medical test that will determine whether she has cancer. Cléo is a glamorous, self-absorbed Parisian pop star who goes about some everyday activities between the hours of 5:00 and 7:00 p.m. The film’s 90-minute length highlights that for Cléo time has indeed sped up, her life made even shorter in the measurement of its minutes.

Death, decay, and illness can be found in virtually every small, throwaway moment in Cléo de 5 à 7. Egged on by her superstitious assistant Angèle (Dominique Davray), Cléo interprets every small sign as sealing her fate: a broken mirror, a man killed in a crowd, and most ominously of all, the tarot reading that opens the film.

The eerie reading provides an overview of Cléo’s life — her career, lover, friends — as well as an idiosyncratic opening credits sequence, which, unlike the rest of the film, is in colour. It features an overhead view of a fortuneteller’s table with two pairs of hands moving around, their voices heard offscreen. The fortuneteller tells Cléo to cut the deck and choose nine cards.

They are spread out in rows of three: three for her past, three for her present, and three for her future. The fortune is fairly accurate — Cléo is a talented musician, she has a strong female presence in her life (likely Angèle), and a generous lover who has aided her career.
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