It’s a weird time for movies.
And we’re not just talking about this weekend. We mean at this point in history. Comic-book-fueled explosions lead the box office, depressing biopics score all the Oscars and any chance for a non-cynical love story has the name Sparks attached to it. (Shudder.)
That’s why 5 to 7 is a breath of fresh air.
It’s a sweet little indie flick, set in NYC, about a naïve 24-year-old guy (Brian) who falls into an affair with a 33-year-old mother of two (Arielle). But this isn’t just any rip-off of The Graduate. Arielle (Skyfall’s Bérénice Marlohe) is married to a French diplomat with whom she has an open arrangement. The couple allows each other a lover--from the hours of 5 to 7 p.m.
The relationships are known and respected. The lovers are invited to dinner parties. The parents are introduced. (Brian’s suburban folks are hilariously played by Glenn Close and Frank Langella.) As you can imagine, lines get blurred. (And tissues will be needed.)
The whole thing (written and directed by a Mad Men producer) is gorgeous, nostalgic and only slightly sappy. But hey, we kind of miss sappy.
Now playing at IFC Center, 323 Sixth Ave. (at W. Third St.); available on VOD April 10.