From the desk of The Movie Snob.
5 to 7 (B). I saw a good review, so I hurried out to see this independent flick. I can’t deny my curiosity was piqued because it stars Bérénice Marlohe, who appeared in Skyfall for about three minutes but still managed to make an impression. I thought it was pretty good. A struggling writer in NYC named Brian (Anton Yelchin, Like Crazy) locks eyes with a gorgeous woman (Marlohe) taking a smoke break across the street. Without hesitating, he crosses the street and chats her up. She is a classy and ultra-sophisticated Frenchwoman named Arielle. Naturally, he falls in love. Complication: turns out she’s married, has two children, and has no intention of leaving her husband. Solution? Well, her husband is already having an affair, and he doesn’t mind if she has one too—as long as she is discreet and confines her private meetings to the hours between 5 and 7. Naturally, good old all-American Brian is more than a little befuddled by this very French arrangement. But Arielle is bewitching, and he is in love. How will it end? Who understands human nature better, the French or the Americans? See it and find out. Nice small performances by Glenn Close (The Stepford Wives) and Frank Langella (Starting Out in the Evening) as Brian’s parents, and a delightful quick cameo by Eric Stoltz (Anaconda). And Marlohe, who reminded me of a brunette Rosamund Pike (Gone Girl), is both beautiful and a capable actress.