Summer hours

Summer hours

DVD - 2010 | French
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The divergent paths of three adult siblings collide when their mother, heiress to an exceptional 19th century art collection, dies suddenly.
Publisher: [United States] : Criterion, c2010.
Edition: Special ed.
Branch Call Number: FIC Summe
Characteristics: 2 DVDs (103 min.) : sd., col. ; 4 3/4 in.
Alternative Title: L'heure d'été


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I wanted to turn this movie off after the first 10 minutes, but thought it would get better. It didn't. It was a waste of an hour and half. The whole movie from start to finish was focused pretty solely on the monetary value of the mother's items. The siblings (and their wives) were extremely superficial with one another, none of them were really close to their mother, and were focused almost exclusively on their careers, and money. The only good thing about this movie was the beautiful landscape around the house, and the housekeeper who seemed to be the only one who was real.

May 07, 2018


Dec 04, 2017

this movie taught me to make sure i distribute my possessions before i die to those who want them and not to leave my stuff for others to have to deal with.

Jun 09, 2017

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Clever microcosm of the way globalization is threatening french culture. Thinking about this theme has been more enjoyable than the movie itself. It was a little slow.

Jun 02, 2017

This is an excellent family drama from France. Some may find it slow, but I thoroughly enjoy the dynamics of interactions between the three adult siblings, their spouses, their children, and the aging mother when she was around. A film that makes you ponder over life, aging, death and the onset of the new generation. Subtitles.

johnandersonIII Apr 09, 2017

Keeping it brief - it's well worth watching. I'd give it a nine. Rotten Tomatoes said 93. Very well directed. Sad, but time moves on and generations pass.

Jun 06, 2016

Time marches on in writer/director Olivier Assayas’ drama about fading memories and family dynamics wherein old ways give way to the new, sometimes reluctantly, and observing tradition competes with the desire to forge one’s own way. His skillful use of artwork throughout the film then goes on to provide a series of metaphors highlighting these themes: Hélène revels in the nostalgia they bring (even a broken Degas sculpture, a victim of her sons’ horseplay, reminds her of bygone days); eldest son Frédéric sees an enduring legacy he can leave to his kids; younger Jérémie and Adrienne see a source of much needed income; the grandchildren simply see old paintings from another era. Unfortunately the film too often rambles repetitiously from one intellectual squabble to another with Frédéric spinning his tires in the mud while everyone else checks the time and plans their escape. To his credit he does favour practicality over sentimentality, but the film’s unrelenting quaintness gets boring rather quickly.

Dec 26, 2014

Two brothers and a sister witness the disappearance of their childhood memories when they must relinquish the family belongings to ensure their deceased mother's succession.

Dec 26, 2014

A very tender and thoughtful look at three generations of a family, and how differently they view and value people, places, possessions, and events. What is precious to one person has very different meaning and value for others.

Jul 04, 2014

Beautifully done, and meaningful on many levels, not just personal but also about a great culture that is passing over into irrelevance for its people.

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