French, American cultures collide in romantic comedy '5 to 7'

Mon Apr 21, 2014 10:17am EDT
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By Patricia Reaney

NEW YORK (Reuters) - French and American attitudes about food, wine, world events, and love and marriage collide in "5 to 7," a love story set in New York that premiered at the Tribeca Film Festival.

While for Americans 5 to 7 is the typical time when bars offer discounted drinks and food, the French have a decidedly different take on happy hour.

In French, "cinq a sept," or five to seven, refers to the time of day that Frenchmen traditionally see their mistresses before heading home to dinner with their families.

Brian is the aspiring, young writer who discovers the cultural nuance and much more when he embarks on a French-style love affair with an older women in "5 to 7," the feature directorial debut by writer Victor Levin, who served as a co-executive producer of "Mad Men," the Emmy-winning drama on the AMC network.

Levin, a four-time Emmy nominee who has been writing for film and television since 1990, was a 27-year-old in Paris when he observed a marriage conducted under the 5 to 7 rules. The experience gave him the inspiration and the title for the film.

"It is the kind of thing that doesn't leave you when you see it at close range," Levin explained after the film's debut at the Tribeca festival that runs through April 27.


Anton Yelchin, 25, who starred in 2009's "Star Trek" and 2013's "Star Trek Into Darkness," plays Brian, who falls for a beautiful, sophisticated, older French woman after meeting her outside the St. Regis Hotel in Manhattan.   Continued...

Actor Anton Yelchin poses during ceremonies for the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences Nicholl Fellowships in Screenwriting awards in Beverly Hills November 7, 2013. REUTERS/Fred Prouser