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Directed by François Ozon • 2004 • France
Starring Valeria Bruni Tedeschi, Stéphane Freiss, Françoise Fabian
François Ozon tracks five key episodes in a couple’s disintegrating marriage—beginning with the end of the affair. Starting with their divorce and moving backwards toward their first meeting, 5X2 examines the milestones—from intimations of infidelity to the birth of their son to their wedding day—that sound the death knell of the relationship between ordinary middle-class couple Gilles (Stéphane Freiss) and Marion (Valeria Bruni Tedeschi). Working in a style at once coolly detached and painfully intimate, Ozon offers penetrating insight into the moments, both big and small, that make—and break—a marriage.