L'heure d'été

L'heure d'été

(Summer hours)

DVD - 2009 | French
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"Widely hailed by critics as 2009's best film, Summer Hours is the great contemporary French filmmaker Olivier Assayas's most personal film to date. Three siblings, played by Juliette Binoche, Charles Berling, and Jeremie Renier, must decide what to do with the country estate and objects they've inherited from their mother. From this simple story, Assayas creates a nuanced, exquisitely made drama about the material of globalized modern living. Naturalistic and unsentimental yet suffused with genuine warmth, this is that rare film that pays respect to family by treating it with honesty."--DVDEmpire.com (Criterion Collection ed.)
Publisher: [S.l.] : IFC Films, c2009.
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (ca. 102 min.) :,Dolby digital sd., col. ;,12 cm.
Alternative Title: Summer hours [dvd]

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jdavis3
Jun 09, 2017

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Clever microcosm of the way globalization is threatening french culture. Thinking about this theme has been more enjoyable than the movie itself. It was a little slow.

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Ron@Ottawa
Jun 02, 2017

This is an excellent family drama from France. Some may find it slow, but I thoroughly enjoy the dynamics of interactions between the three adult siblings, their spouses, their children, and the aging mother when she was around. A film that makes you ponder over life, aging, death and the onset of the new generation. Subtitles.

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johnandersonIII
Apr 09, 2017

Keeping it brief - it's well worth watching. I'd give it a nine. Rotten Tomatoes said 93. Very well directed. Sad, but time moves on and generations pass.

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Nursebob
Jun 06, 2016

Time marches on in writer/director Olivier Assayas’ drama about fading memories and family dynamics wherein old ways give way to the new, sometimes reluctantly, and observing tradition competes with the desire to forge one’s own way. His skillful use of artwork throughout the film then goes on to provide a series of metaphors highlighting these themes: Hélène revels in the nostalgia they bring (even a broken Degas sculpture, a victim of her sons’ horseplay, reminds her of bygone days); eldest son Frédéric sees an enduring legacy he can leave to his kids; younger Jérémie and Adrienne see a source of much needed income; the grandchildren simply see old paintings from another era. Unfortunately the film too often rambles repetitiously from one intellectual squabble to another with Frédéric spinning his tires in the mud while everyone else checks the time and plans their escape. To his credit he does favour practicality over sentimentality, but the film’s unrelenting quaintness gets boring rather quickly.

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8217549
Dec 26, 2014

Two brothers and a sister witness the disappearance of their childhood memories when they must relinquish the family belongings to ensure their deceased mother's succession.

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Jane_Sm
Dec 26, 2014

A very tender and thoughtful look at three generations of a family, and how differently they view and value people, places, possessions, and events. What is precious to one person has very different meaning and value for others.

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calvoer
Jul 04, 2014

Beautifully done, and meaningful on many levels, not just personal but also about a great culture that is passing over into irrelevance for its people.

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Rossholmes
Apr 06, 2012

Juliette Binoche.. what more can you say.

jlazcan Oct 20, 2011

This was a great movie about a transition in life that many of us go through. The wealthy matriarch of the family dies and the family is left to deal with their grief and her estate. The movie covers family, life, class and death in an interesting, but simple way. The movie is slow and steady, but kept me interested. It has a great cast and the story is somewhat universal especially to a certain strata of society. If you have ever been through this process you will appreciate this film.

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Livresjrg
Jul 30, 2011

A good film for students of French who want to improve their listening comprehension. Gorgeous country settings in France, but the contemporary story could have been set in the U.S. Still, culturally significant, almost anthropology.

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