5 to 7

Aspiring young writer Brian (Yelchin) first encounters the sophisticated wife of a French diplomat outside of the Manhattan St. Regis Hotel. Charmed by Brian’s tireless pursuit, Arielle (Marlohe) suggests a “cinq-à-sept” affair – the hours between 5 to 7 o’clock when the world seems to shrink down to two. Although pleased he’s found a muse, Brian’s parents condemn the foreign concept of condoned extramarital activities. However, when they fall in love, they must face meaningful life decisions head-on. Victor Levin’s emotionally potent feature directorial debut addresses issues of the heart, and its power when the odds are stacked against it.

95 minutes
Victor Levin

Shown at

  1. 18th CAJE Miami Jewish Film Festival - 2015
  2. 26th Annual Orange County International Jewish Film Festival - 2015
  3. East Bay Jewish Film Festival - 2016
  4. Geneva International Jewish Film Festival - 2016
  5. Greater Phoenix Jewish Film Festival - 2015
  6. UK Jewish Film Festival - 2015

2 Responses

  1. jewishfilmfests says:

    Anton Yelchin plays a young writer having a whirlwind affair that will inspire his first novel.

    “Your favorite story, whatever it might be, was written for one reader,” declares the protagonist of Victor Levin’s 5 to 7, the tale of an aspiring writer who finds his muse in a deep but not-quite-storybook love affair. Sumptuous and romantic in an attractively old-fashioned way despite a hitch designed to give some contemporary American idealists pause — the writer’s lover is married, with no interest in divorce — the film satisfies in a wholly commercial way. Anton Yelchin’s endearing lead turn will help draw attention in theaters, even if the film’s defining characteristic is its willfully simplified take on two staples of big-screen romance: A New York City where people live more luxuriously than real mortals; and a French way of life whose flexibility in matters of love, we’re told, affords a much richer and congenial existence.


  2. jewishfilmfests says:

    Aspiring novelist Brian Bloom (Anton Yelchin) receives nothing but rejection letters from publishers, but when it comes to romance, he has considerably better luck, earning coy encouragement from Arielle (Berenice Marlohe), a beautiful French woman he spies smoking on a New York sidewalk. There’s just one catch: She’s married, and the couple can only meet between the hours of 5 and 7, which isn’t nearly enough to satisfy this smitten scribbler. Courageously sentimental in an age of irony, Victor Levin’s refreshingly articulate “5 to 7” delivers romance of the sort thought lost since the days of Audrey Hepburn, for those who appreciate such finery. And who doesn’t?


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