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Summer Hours (The Criterion Collection) [Blu-ray]
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Widely hailed by critics as 2009’s best film, Summer Hours is the great contemporary French filmmaker Olivier Assayas’s most personal film to date. Three siblings, played by Juliette Binoche, Charles Berling, and Jérémie Renier, must decide what to do with the country estate and objects they’ve inherited from their mother. From this simple story, Assayas creates a nuanced, exquisitely made drama about the material of globalized modern living. Naturalistic and unsentimental yet suffused with genuine warmth, this is that rare film that pays respect to family by treating it with honesty.
- Is Discontinued By Manufacturer : No
- MPAA rating : s_medNotRated Unrated (Not Rated)
- Product Dimensions : 6.75 x 5.3 x 0.5 inches; 4.8 Ounces
- Item model number : 6639483
- Director : Olivier Assayas
- Media Format : Multiple Formats, Blu-ray, Color, NTSC, Special Edition, Subtitled, Widescreen
- Run time : 1 hour and 43 minutes
- Release date : April 20, 2010
- Actors : Juliette Binoche, Charles Berling, Jérémie Renier, Edith Scob, Dominique Reymond
- Subtitles: : English
- Producers : Charles Gillibert, Claire Dornoy, Marin Karmitz, Nathanaël Karmitz
- Studio : Criterion Collection
- ASIN : B0035ECHPE
- Writers : Olivier Assayas
- Number of discs : 1
- Best Sellers Rank: #84,284 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
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Of course, the mother soon dies, the family decides to sell everything or give some of the valuables to a museum. The memories of mom center around her living with her uncle, a great artist, after their father and her husband dies. They all have their memories, and we share a little about their lives and their families. This film is about their decisions and how they will proceed with their lives. It gives us a glimpse into our futures.
Recommended. prisrob 05-25-14
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The most significant thing I noticed about this film was the way I just didn’t engage with it at all and found it uninteresting.
I really think it is a shame that that is how I feel about it because there are some very good actors in this film, there isn’t a bad line delivered anywhere. The camera work is good. Most of it would be good if it wasn’t for the way the narrative is delivered.
Although a well acted, albeit with dull characters, the director appears to have gone out of his way to tell what could have been a good story in an incredibly dull and…well yes just incredibly dull way.
Clearly many do like this film but for me, it was a disappointment.
Nearing the end of her life,Helene is slightly depressed,thinking about passing on her estate in the country and her art collection, in memory of her uncle,artist Paul Berthier,to her son Frederick,who wants to share it with his siblings and her grandchildren.Her children begin to discuss what will happen to Helene's art collection(works by Bethier,by Redilon and Corot,as well as beautiful vases,cabinets and furniture) when she dies.Each sibling has different plans.Adrienne and Jeremie live abroad.Frederick is wanting to preserve the art works in the family and keep the country estate with the housekeeper Elouise for the family.We feel the draining away of authenticity and identity as the house becomes a ghost of itself.A nice touch is when Elouise is given one of the beautiful twin vases to take away when the house closes,saying she wouldn'y have wanted anything valuable.
The elegance and subtlety of treatment(without being talky),the concept of preserving or profiting from family heirlooms,the younger generation who have no connection to them,the uprooting and dislocating and dispersal of family life,is done with sentiment but without sentimentality.Berling carries the main load of the film very well,but the other actors are just right in this measured, poignant examination of time passing and life moving on in modern France.The younger generation spend one last week-end in this beautiful house in the country as they will not inherit it.Playing someinteresting music,surprisingly,by the Incredible String Band.A small gem.
This is a story about how three adult siblings deal with their mother's death. It leaves their lives forever changed. They were raised in France and their childhood home is left to them. They have to decide whether to keep it or sell it and also decide what to do with some of the valuable possessions left behind.
It's a snapshot into the three lives. The film is dialogue-heavy because it tries to show what's going through the minds of the three siblings.
It's also a commentary on the modern world. How everyone has a telephone and is always in touch with other things that are happening. Two of the siblings have made a life elsewhere; one in New York and the other in China.
How important is tradition, culture and their past to these people?
The film is shot beautifully and looks and sounds incredible. Whenever we are at the house, the air is filled with the sounds of birds.
Most people eventually face what the three face in this story. I remember having to deal with such things about 17 years ago. It's well told and interesting.
Like many Criterion titles, this isn't for everyone. If you like to think about life and people, it may interest you. If you need a more obvious story with a stunning conclusion, look elsewhere.
I fall into the first category.