The actors all find the correct notes. It is a French film, and so they are allowed to be adult and intelligent.
Roger, I've been reading and following your reviews for many years, and of all the critics, I seem to agree with you the most. But you really let me down on this one.
About midway through this movie, I got up to go to the bathroom. Not so much because nature was calling, but because I was looking for something to do. I was tired of fidgeting in my seat for an hour. As I walked out toward the lobby, I poked my head into a couple other theaters to see if there might be a more productive way to spend my time. When I returned to my theater after about 10 minutes, my wife whispers to me, "Ask me what happened." So I whisper back, "What happened?" Her reply: "NOTHING!" In a word, that pretty much sums up the good qualities of this film.
Don't get me wrong -- I like foreign films. I like French films. I like films that don't rely on plot twists and action to hold my attention. I like films that draw me in to deep and complex characters. This film is NOT one of them. By the time I endured the full length of The Summer Hours (if felt more like The Summer Weeks), I could honestly say that I didn't care at all about any of the characters, save one. There was absolutely nothing interesting or redeeming about any of them, except for Eloise, the housekeeper, who plays a very small part.
I am baffled by all the glowing reviews on this site. I think we need some balance. Come on, folks, admit you were as bored by this movie as I was. I know you are out there. Go ahead, do the world a favor. Take the time to cast your vote and add your review. The moviegoing public is counting on you.
May 24 - 11:07 AM
Larry, you clearly didn't like the movie. So stop complaining! Get on with it!
Jun 3 - 02:33 PM