Indie Gems: 5 to 7

Not conventional.

Brian (Anton Yelchin) is a struggling writer in New York City. One day, he passes Arielle (Bérénice Marlohe) on the street and is randomly drawn to her. They start a friendship, then a relationship. Arielle is nine years his senior and he doesn't question her too much when she says she's only available between the hours of 5 and 7, but it turns out she's married with children. Her husband (Lambert Wilson) is aware of their relationship and also has his own mistress (Olivia Thirlby) but Brian is torn between the unconventional relationship they have and wanting something more. 

The dialogue in this film is so rich. Sometimes when I watch films about writers, they can come off as merely saying platitudes. This didn't feel like that at all. It's beautiful, and has great bits of humor thrown in. Whether a juxtaposition of Brian and Arielle trying to tell the differences between wine and beer blindfolded, to Brian's no-nonsense father (played by Frank Langella) being a little bit too frank. It has an excellent flow to it. 

Yelchin and Marlohe have amazing chemistry together. It's easy to see why they would fall for each other. Even if the plot is a tad predictable, I enjoyed watching it unfold. It's very poignant, even more so now with Yelchin's passing. This has turned into one of my favorite performances of his. 

Grade: A

Watched on: Some shady streaming site (I know, but you try finding this movie somewhere in decent quality)

Memorable Quote: "I can't discuss her martial status because if I do my pancreas will explode - Sam (Frank Langella)


  1. This has been on TV lately as maybe I should give it a shot as it does have one of my favorite ladies in Olivia Thirlby.

    1. I knew you loved Olivia, I really like her too. I had no idea this was on TV, I wish that's how I watched it. I found it on youtube and the quality wasn't the greatest, but I really wanted to see it.

  2. I'm gutted I missed the TCFF free screening of this one. It sounds like the kind of romance films I like. Btw where did you see it? Last time I checked on Amazon it's only available to buy and it's not on Netflix streaming.

    1. Someone uploaded it to youtube. It's not the greatest quality but it's there. I saw it on one of those streaming sites that are probably illegal but don't give you viruses lol.

  3. VERY interested in seeing this one. This slipped by me but it looked good. And I like anything Frank Langella does.

    1. He's so funny in this too. Perfect no filter dad.


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