L'Heure d'été (Summer Hours) Reviews

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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?
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 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?
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 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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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