L'Heure d'été (Summer Hours) Reviews

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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.
August 18, 2009
A subdued, chatty and poignant family drama.
July 29, 2009
Offers the sense that what is now being dismantled was itself the result of people who in their own way had rejected an earlier past.
July 24, 2009
A keenly observed, typically high-quality family drama of the sort only the French seem capable of making anymore.
July 10, 2009
The acting is superb and the cinematography is top drawer. French films are not shy about tackling real-life issues in a meaningful way
July 10, 2009
It's not sentimental. Yet it's devastating.
June 24, 2009
Summer Hours is undeniably in touch with the way we live, eminently respectable, and a tad forced.
June 24, 2009
Echoes of so many other great Binoche movies: The haunted quality of Blue, the meditative tone of Flight of the Red Balloon, even the celebratory mood of Dan in Real Life.
June 19, 2009
Summer Hours is a slow, beautifully photographed film about what we value -- in the emotional and material realms.
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?
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.
June 19, 2009
Bound up in this haunting, moving meditation on a family in transition are implicit questions about globalization and the relationship of art, life and culture, the past and the future.
June 18, 2009
Deeply moving in its subtle journey through regrets, memories, and the profound affection that inanimate objects can inspire in us...
June 11, 2009
As delicate, even effervescent, as any story about the dissolution of family ties could possibly be.
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?
June 5, 2009
Thoughtful and evocative.
May 29, 2009
Assayas has made a masterpiece with the restrained strokes of a contemplative and intelligent artist.
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.
May 28, 2009
Bittersweet, quietly poignant and emotionally resonant but without tears, it's a film about art that becomes a work of art itself.
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