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L'Heure d'été (Summer Hours) Reviews

December 16, 2009
Assayas' script is more allusive than demonstrative, with a distinct whiff of Eric Rohmer in its conversational blocks separated by fadeouts.
August 23, 2009
n Summer Hours, Olivier Assayas's gently provocative rumination on family and possessions, a trio of siblings wrestles with the problem of what to do with the old homestead once Mother is gone.
June 19, 2009
Evocative look at a family trying to decide what to do with its treasures.
June 19, 2009
Where a Hollywood film of a family feuding over a fabulous estate would surely end with a slapped face and an infantry charge of lawyers, Assayas's work concludes with a smile and a shrug. Life goes on. What else can it do?
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
June 19, 2009
Performances in this small and profoundly eloquent film are superb, yet none redirects attention from Assayas's earnest meditation on the ravaging effects of a shrinking world on family traditions and entrenched personal relationships.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
June 11, 2009
This is a movie that, for all its once-over-lightliness, stays with one. Given what it's about, and the intelligence of its makers, how could it not?
Full Review | Original Score: B+
June 5, 2009
While the ideas are worth considering, director Olivier Assayas moves the story at an escargot's pace, and the characters are gossamer thin.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
May 29, 2009
Summer Hours begins with an energetic treasure hunt. It ends reminding us how our lives are spent learning and unlearning what is to be treasured.
Read More | Original Score: 3.5/4
May 26, 2009
I think you should see Summer Hours.
May 26, 2009
This is a well constructed, tender, authentic story.
May 22, 2009
You won't find filmmaking more assured, commanding and evocative than that of Summer Hours in its opening scenes.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
May 22, 2009
A sweet pearl of a French film, Summer Hours may work as a perfect antidote for those seeking refuge from the summer blockbuster season.
Full Review | Original Score: A
May 22, 2009
The texture and flow of Summer Hours, the supple quality of the acting, the fluid camerawork isolating this or that observer while life flows on and domestic crises ebb and flow -- it all comes together as formidably detailed and easy-breathing cra
Read More | Original Score: 4/4
May 22, 2009
If this enjoyable film is substantially more satisfying than those predecessors, it's also far less daring, a straightforward extended-family drama in the mode of last year's (more engrossing) art-house highlight A Christmas Tale.
May 22, 2009
Quietly and keenly observed.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
May 21, 2009
Berling, Binoche and Renier all play off each other effortlessly, and Summer Hours makes you feel comfortable spending time with their family, too.
May 21, 2009
One realizes the real dramatic conflict is between the past, which must be honored, and the present, which must be lived.
May 21, 2009
The actors all find the correct notes. It is a French film, and so they are allowed to be adult and intelligent.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
May 21, 2009
It's a quiet but heartfelt film that has a lot to say about the allure of the past and the inevitability of change.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
May 18, 2009
In the end, Assayas, shooting the film with relaxed, flowing camera movements, gives his love not to beautiful objects but to the disorderly life out of which art is made.
May 15, 2009
Even for a French drama, Summer Hours is so slow as to be practically still.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
May 15, 2009
This exquisitely subtle family drama finds writer-director Olivier Assayas in a deeply contemplative mood.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
May 15, 2009
The magic of Summer Hours is that even in its elusiveness, it gives us something to hang onto.
May 15, 2009
It's all very civil and inexorable--unlike a stateside version; we know there will be no last-minute car wash or concert fundraiser to save the estate.
Full Review | Original Score: B
May 15, 2009
Summer Hours, in spite of its potentially dowdy subject matter, is packed nearly to bursting with rich meaning and deep implication.
Read More | Original Score: 4.5/5
May 14, 2009
Lots of films are called haunting, Summer Hours truly is.
Read More | Original Score: 3.5/4
May 14, 2009
As dramatically uneventful as these passages are, there's a kind of beautiful truth in them.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
May 14, 2009
This bittersweet meditation on familial bonds, the passage of youth and the merits of tradition is deeply nuanced and strikes just the right emotional notes.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
May 14, 2009
Summer Hours drags in the middle, but its final scene is almost overpoweringly tender and beautiful, offering a hopeful rejoinder to all the prior scenes of family members shedding their shared legacy.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
May 13, 2009
Summer Hours, director Olivier Assayas' tender, sun-kissed, Chekhovian drama, brims with life and loveliness even as it meditates on the loss of childhood.
Full Review | Original Score: A
May 13, 2009
As brightly alive a movie as the season will offer.
Read More | Original Score: 5/6
May 13, 2009
Too chatty to be ascetic, Summer Hours is nevertheless almost Ozu-like in its evocation of a parent's death and the dissolving bond between the surviving children.
May 11, 2009
Hats off to Olivier Assayas's plain yet hauntingly beautiful Summer Hours, a true -- albeit nonsecular -- meditation on art and eternal life.
May 7, 2009
Anyone who discovers more to this movie than 'much talk and little action' will develop a rapport with the characters. They are reflections of us, and therein lies their ability to compel attention.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4