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Summer Hours (2008)
"L'heure d'été" (original title)

 -  Drama | Family  -  5 March 2008 (France)
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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.

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Emile Berling ...
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Jean-Baptiste Malartre ...
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Marc Voinchet ...
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In a small town, Hélène is a family matriarch who has devoted her life to preserving the legacy of her artist uncle. However, while her eldest son, Frédéric, wants to preserve her home after her passing, she harbors no such illusions as she prepares her legacy. After her death, her children realize what she anticipated as they come to terms with their inheritance's place in their own lives. In the resulting disposition of their mother's assets, treasured heirlooms of a romantic family past drift away even as their changing modern world confronts the value of their memories. Written by Kenneth Chisholm (kchishol@rogers.com)

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Budget:

€4,400,000 (estimated)

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$49,484 (USA) (15 May 2009)

Gross:

$1,641,025 (USA) (21 August 2009)
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When the grandmother is opening the gifts in the first scene, she tears all the paper off of the book then when the camera angle switches, she pulls off some more wrapping paper, then in the third shot, the book is still partially covered in wrapping paper. See more »

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Éloïse: He said to choose anything. l couldn't take advantage. l took something ordinary. What would l do with something valuable?
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A gentle, intelligent look at family and generations
20 June 2011 | by (US) – See all my reviews

Interesting, gentle sad (but not depressing) story of the inevitability of loss and chance.

Three siblings decide whether to keep or sell their mother's country home and art collection after her death, exploring how we give 'things' meaning, and how that meaning changes due to context, generation, and what we need from them.

But while the ideas are intriguing, and the acting good it never quite reached the deepest level of feeling or thoughtfulness for me.

Called a masterpiece by a number of critics, and something close by others, I cant quite go there, but it is an intelligent, quietly moving experience, that I'll probably revisit yet again, since it grew on me on a second viewing.


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