L'Heure d'été (Summer Hours) Reviews

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June 6, 2019
A profound and affecting film that is both inspiring and unforgettable.
September 6, 2018
I love films which capture that atmosphere of late summer, lazy and sultry and shadowed by the coming autumn. So I found this very moving.
October 10, 2017
In crafting his own objet d'art, Assayas has paid careful consideration to the fine aesthetic practiced in Taiwan, particularly that of Hou Hsiao-hsie.
August 24, 2017
Avoiding easy conflict and histrionics, Summer Hours instead shows loving siblings, relatives and friends negotiating differences the best that they can.
March 17, 2015
Olivier Assayas's new meditation on French domestic life, the wisely ironic Summer Hours, begins with children's games and ends with adolescent partying and pairing off -- that is, the real business of life
November 17, 2013
( ... ) Summer Hours is Assayas's best film set on home turf-the one that best puts things in perspective and loudly proclaims that one must know how to shed dead skin to go on living.
August 26, 2011
Has the feel, if not the look, of an old man's film, a meditation on the passing of time.
June 2, 2010
...leisurely paced but intensely gripping film - which doesn't lend itself to facile capsulization - follows three generations of a French family as they prepare for the imminent death of their matriarch
May 14, 2010
manages a sense of genuine poignancy that never becomes sticky or sentimental
May 11, 2010
The film resonates with emotions as authentic as the details. ... And it asks us to ponder what makes the objects in our lives meaningful.
May 1, 2010
The film and its characters are smart, sincere and fully alive in ways we rarely have the opportunity to see.
April 26, 2010
... an impressionist work with a wise understanding of human nature and a bittersweet portrait of a family going separate ways...
January 14, 2010
January 12, 2010
The [movie's] concern might feel a little old-fashioned ... but in this film it's reasonably, solemnly, and levelheadedly expressed.
December 22, 2009
A subtle, flawlessly acted, keenly observed family drama and poignant meditation on memory, identity, and history in the age of postmodernism and globalization.
December 21, 2009
A well-constructed film about the end of a life and uncertainty about the future.
December 17, 2009
Surprisingly wonderful, as if Assayas finally found a space in which to stretch out.
December 17, 2009
The sheer banality of the proceedings -- appraisals! attorneys! -- threatens to rob those few poignant moments of their own dramatic value.
December 16, 2009
Assayas' script is more allusive than demonstrative, with a distinct whiff of Eric Rohmer in its conversational blocks separated by fadeouts.
December 7, 2009
Supposedly a meditation on globalization and family ties, but to this reviewer it is much more of a French art movie version of Antique Roadshow.
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