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Late August, Early September (1999)

Late August, Early September (1999)



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Olivier Assayas directed this French drama, examining several relationships over a year's span, capturing varying textures and shades of feeling between people from late August of one year until early September of the next.
Art House & International , Drama
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Alex Descas
as Jeremie
Nathalie Richard
as Maryelle
André Marcon
as Hattou
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Critic Reviews for Late August, Early September

All Critics (22) | Top Critics (8)

Assayas's sense of how relationships evolve between people over time is conveyed with a rich and vivid novelistic density.

Full Review… | March 3, 2008
Chicago Reader
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A kaleidoscopic but engrossing study of the shifting sands of friendship among a group of Parisians.

Full Review… | March 3, 2008
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It's a bit like a Woody Allen film without the kvetching or the wisecracks, but younger and more vital.

Full Review… | June 24, 2006
Time Out
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The film doesn't leave the audience with a moral. It just leaves a sense of having been in the stimulating company of passionate people.

Full Review… | January 1, 2000
San Francisco Chronicle
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The cast, including Virginie Ledoyen, François Cluzet, and Mathieu Amalric, is as well coordinated as a fine chamber-music ensemble; their entrances and vanishings and re-entries play like recurring motifs.

January 1, 2000
New York Magazine/Vulture
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It is, in many ways, a modest film. But a director who offers glimpses of life that are recognizable in both detail and texture isn't so common that we can afford to overlook what he has achieved here.

Full Review… | January 1, 2000
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Audience Reviews for Late August, Early September

Just wonderful, told with the French languor that allows you to see into the characters that is so rare in American film.

Lee Patterson
Lee Patterson

Nov 2010 - This is another fantastic work of Assayas. The dialogues and the characters are so real that you just know them personally and the actors help so much. The death is very central but it is never overdramatized. The lapses and chapters are also quite crucial and allow part of the story to take place where there is no narration for it and we don't see it. This of course reminds me of Ozu. From what the name suggests and also the realism of the characters and their relationship, I see a tribute to him. Finally the character of Gabriel (Mathieu Amalric) is fantastic. He has the love, doubt, egoism, superficiality of almost any want to be artist that one can imagine.

Hossein N
Hossein N

it started off slow and not very interesting, so the only reason I stuck with it is really that it was directed by olivier assayas. (that's really the only reason I watched it in the first place.) it got better and eventually the characters seemed more interesting. but it never got great or essential or anything. I've been watching a lot of okay-not-bad-but-not-great movies lately. it's really boring trying to write (and read) reviews when every movie leaves such a vague impression. I've reached that point in my netflix subscription (again) where I'm just not that excited about any of the movies in my queue and am still not all that excited after watching them...

James Beyer
James Beyer

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