By Reno Rangan


It’s the Right Place at the Right Time, But the Person?

Is this based on a famous book? The answer is simply no. Purely a cinematic work written and directed by a first timer. One of the very unique storylines beautiful indie films of 2015 that needs wider recognition. The first thing anyone who decides to watch this is that they must keep their mind open, because the majority would think it is atheist propaganda. But I say it looks in whatever way you see it.

Quite similar to the British film The 7.39. Both are completely different from each other, except the timeline where most of the story happens as denoted in their titles. Yes, 5 to 7 is the time in the dusk hours where two people meet. It all begins when a young writer, Brian, in his early twenties meets a woman called, Arielle, in her early thirties on a roadside and instantly they become friends. Like it’s their destiny to meet and they find each other.

After the initial stumble, they decide to meet every day at the same time. Their new relationship is not based on thousands of years of human civilization, but beyond that with a mutual understanding. When the rules have broken, the cracks begin to appear and it all ends after a series of turns in the tale. Predictable conclusion, but very much suitable and highly standard.

“Life is a collection of moments.
The idea is to have as many good ones as you can.”

Like most movies this one opened with a background narration about the situation of the man of the movie and how it all began. Then in the first 15 minutes there are many tiny twists in the line of development of the story and introduces a few other characters along the way. Then it keeps the story on one relationship throughout the movie and explores only a certain kind of atmosphere to focus everything on a single line.

If you don’t believe in religion it doesn’t mean this is not a movie for you or anyone who are like you. The content is very sensitive, even for the atheists. It’s a lot like the hippie culture, but only on the matter of the relationship, especially ‘One life-One wife’ angle. In some angles, it gives the assumption that it is a clash of two cultures. But I don’t think that’s true, especially from the French perspective as the story takes place in NYC.

The movie is a debatable, but if you take the movie Hall Pass on account, this film’s concept is not that apart. I have heard that in rural China brothers marry the same woman due to large gender imbalance in the country after one-child policy set by the communist party. So this is not a strange thing, at least for a few people. This film might be accepted merely on a certain section of the audience, but it’s only a matter of time that it will be adapted and accepted by a large number. I don’t know about prostitution, but it will definitely abolish cheating within marriages.

“I think that there are two forces on earth you never want to be fighting.
One is Mother Nature. The other is love.”

It had a plenty of awesome lines. You know I collect the good ones from the movies I watch, so I had many pauses. It sentimentally strikes strongly, that means you don’t just get tears but it can be felt deep in your heart. So romantically speaking the theme is uncomfortable for the current social lifestyle. The film is not about what’s right and what’s wrong, but giving commitment to the oath one has taken. Not to hurt anybody, even though you hurt yourself by making a mistake.

But again, it’s not either about mistakes, but respecting the individual’s desire for what they think is keeping them happy. If you exclude religion from the social rule book this film might make sense. I think this could be the film where the older it gets then future generations will think this is one of the advanced works regarding the lifestyle of that time.

This could be Anton Yelchin’s best movie I have ever seen. Phenomenal performance along with the French actress who was so beautiful, especially her smiley expressions where it set the mood for the movie. Very handy supporting cameos by a couple of senior artists. I wanted Olivia Thirlby to stay longer, but she was just a supporting character. Anyway, good to see her after a long time, though Dredd was made only a couple of years ago.

Like I mentioned, people see it with their own perspective and what they believe in. It doesn’t matter what you believe in, all I’m saying is it is a wonderful movie, so please keep aside your differences and watch it. Youngsters might show more interest in this than older people, mainly, because in the last 50 years cultural lifestyle took a long leap forward by modernizing and freedom of expression.

There won’t be any issue if you consider it a simple but atypical entertainment movie like hundreds of others. Remember, it is a dark comedy as well, so often it’s filled with some fun scenes. I felt it was almost a masterpiece, but the fact is it is not, and the reason for this is because it’s a non-traditional romantic drama. Still, it is a must see film and I won’t refuse that.

Rating: 9/10



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