The beautiful Cléo initially comes across as spoiled and melodramatic, but I found my attitude towards her softened as the film progressed. Corinne Marchand's acting lacks subtlety at first, but improves markedly (or maybe I just adjusted to her style). She whiles away the time with her housekeeper, her lover, a couple of musical collaborators, a friend, and finally (and most satisfyingly), with a stranger. Her hair, make-up and beautiful clothes are pure 60s, and even if you are not engaged by the storyline (which I was), you can't deny it looks fabulous (see below for a compilation of clips set to a Serge Gainsbourg track)
Cléo de 5 à 7 is directed by Agnès Varda, one of the Rive Gauche (Left Bank) group of directors, a contingent associated with the Nouvelle Vague. Only her second film (she is still active today), it demonstrates a striking confidence and a distinct taste for documentary-style realism. Definitely a welcome discovery (Varda's other notable films include Sans toit ni loi [Vagabond] and Les glaneurs et la glaneuse [The gleaners]).
Cléo de 5 à 7 is available via Curzon on Demand for £2.