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

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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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Cast overview, first billed only:
Dominique Reymond ...
Valérie Bonneton ...
Isabelle Sadoyan ...
Alice de Lencquesaing ...
Emile Berling ...
Jean-Baptiste Malartre ...
Michel Waldemar
Gilles Arbona ...
Maître Lambert
Le commissaire de police
Marc Voinchet ...
Présentateur radio
Sara Martins ...
Atachée de presse


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 (

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Drama | Family


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5 June 2009 (USA)  »

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Summer Hours  »

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€4,400,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

£58,229 (UK) (18 July 2008)


$1,641,025 (USA) (21 August 2009)

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Charles Berling previously starred in Olivier Assayas's film, Demonlover (2002). See more »


At the start of the movie, we see Helena smoking. First, the cigarette is in her left hand, the next shot it is gone, and then it reappears in her right hand. See more »


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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Remade as Summer Hours See more »


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Performed by 'Emotion La Foliiie'
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Money or love?
26 July 2008 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

This is a haunting film about the distorting effects of monetary exchange on family life and the cohesion of society. It will give food for thought to anyone with elderly parents who may have accumulated a few works of art during their lifetime. At a time of grief, the bereaved have difficult questions to answer. The film-goer is left wondering, "What would I have done if I had been in a similar situation?" It is not a film to be quickly forgotten. Although the issue of the fate of the family's country house may be a specifically French theme, others dealt with are more universal and have a deep resonance for anyone with elderly relations. Juliette Binoche may be the name that draws film-goers in, but there is fine acting from all the performers.

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