Summer Hours (English Subtitled)

IFC Films Released 2009


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Olivier Assayas
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French master Olivier Assays' SUMMER HOURS confronts three 40-ish siblings with the sudden death of their mother, heiress to her uncle's exceptional 19th century art collection. Adrienne (Juliette Binoche), a successful New York designer, Frederic (Charles Berling), a professor in Paris, and Jeremie (Jeremie Renier), a businessman in China, confront the end of childhood, their shared memories, and unique visions of the future. "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." -Denby, New Yorker "I'm convinced that places have souls," Assayas has said about SUMMER HOURS. "The house materializes the link between the characters, and in a way, what gets lost among them is this link. When it's gone, everything that united the characters comes undone, disappears, becomes a void. The house is at the heart of the film, as a material place and one invested in the flux of identity."

Metacritic Score

  • 100

    The New York Times A.O. Scott

    In spite of its modest scale, tactful manner and potentially dowdy subject matter, is packed nearly to bursting with rich meaning and deep implication.

  • 90

    Los Angeles Times Kenneth Turan

    French films traditionally take France and its eternal appeal for granted. Summer Hours is the rare film that worries about that, worries about the future, and that proves to be in...

  • 80

    Variety Derek Elley

    A family ensembler of utter simplicity, Oliver Assayas' Summer Hours is a salutory (and belated) reminder that, as with his earlier "Cold Water" and "Late August, Early September,"...

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