DirectorFrancois Ozon Music directorPhilippe Rombi LanguageFrench
WriterFrancois Ozon, Emmanuele Bernheim Release date1 September 2004 (2004-09-01) Initial releaseSeptember 1, 2004 (Belgium) ScreenplayFrancois Ozon, Emmanuele Bernheim CastValeria Bruni Tedeschi (Marion), Stéphane Freiss (Gilles), Géraldine Pailhas (Valérie), Françoise Fabian (Monique), Antoine Chappey (Christophe), Michael Lonsdale (Bernard) Similar moviesIn Her Shoes, Corpse Bride, Just Go With It, The Time Traveler's Wife, Independence Day, 27 Dresses
5x2 2004 trailer
As young French couple Gilles (Stephane Freiss) and Marion (Valeria Bruni-Tedeschi) officially separate, we see, in reverse order, the milestone moments in their relationship: Gilles revealing his unfaithfulness at a tense dinner party; Marion giving birth to their premature son while Gilles is elsewhere; Gilles and Marions joyous wedding; and, finally, the fateful moment when they meet as acquaintances at an Italian beach resort, and their love affair begins.
5x2 (also Cinq fois deux; English: Five Times Two) is a 2004 French film directed by Francois Ozon, which uncovers the back story to the gradual disintegration of a middle class marriage by depicting five key moments in the relationship, but in reverse order.
Five stages in the romance between a woman and a man.
A young married couple, Gilles and Marion, sit in an office while they listen to a lawyer read out the formal terms of their separation, after which they book a hotel room together. The plot then travels backwards chronologically, with the following chapter focusing on a tense dinner party the couple hosted for Gilles’ brother and his boyfriend some time previously, at which Gilles appears to admit to infidelity, before moving back again to the point at the birth of their son, which Gilles manages to miss by several hours, leaving Marion’s parents as the only family with her in the hospital. The film then reverts to their wedding day, before ending with scenes at the Italian beach resort where, already acquaintances from work, they ran into each other by chance and first began their relationship.
The individual chapters are all punctuated by romantic Italian love songs, which Ozon has said he chose for their "over-the-top sentimentality" and in order to offset the darkness of some of the scenes in the film. Ozon has also said that the backward structure of the story was in part inspired by Jane Campion’s 1986 film Two Friends, and that it allowed for “a true, lucid reading of a couple’s story”.