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Summer Hours (2008) More at IMDbPro »L'heure d'été (original title)

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Summer Hours -- In this stunning drama, starring Juliette Binoche, three siblings struggle to deal with the death of their mother, the end of childhood and a unique vision for the future.
Summer Hours -- 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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Olivier Assayas (writer)
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Release Date:
5 June 2009 (USA) See more »
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Plot:
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. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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13 wins & 13 nominations See more »
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Cast

  (in credits order)

Juliette Binoche ... Adrienne

Charles Berling ... Frédéric

Jérémie Renier ... Jérémie

Edith Scob ... Hélène
Dominique Reymond ... Lisa
Valérie Bonneton ... Angela
Isabelle Sadoyan ... Éloïse

Kyle Eastwood ... James
Alice de Lencquesaing ... Sylvie
Emile Berling ... Pierre
Jean-Baptiste Malartre ... Michel Waldemar
Gilles Arbona ... Maître Lambert

Eric Elmosnino ... Le commissaire de police
Marc Voinchet ... Présentateur radio
Sara Martins ... Atachée de presse
Christian Lucas ... Le neveu d'Éloïse
Philippe Paimblanc ... Le maire de Valmondois
Luc Bricault ... Touriste au Musée d'Orsay

Arnaud Azoulay ... Petit ami de Sylvie
Marine Decroix ... Amie de Sylvie
Léna Burger ... Amie de Sylvie
François-Marie Banier ... Président de la Commission des Dations
Philippe Thiébaut ... Membre de la Commission
Arnaud Brejon de la Lavergnee ... Membre de la Commission (as Arnaud Bréjon de Lavergnée)
Marc Plocki ... Membre de la Commission
Odile Michel ... Membre de la Commission
Michel Maket ... Expert
Gérard Landrot ... Expert
Michel Broomhead ... Expert
Marie Bélie Vaulet ... Guide au Musée d'Orsay
Bruno Ecault ... Restaurateur sculpture
Daisy Kechichiglonian ... Une enfant
Pearl Kechichiglonian ... Une enfant
Max Ricat ... Un enfant
Kauda Pharaon ... Une enfant
Alistair Forwood ... Un enfant
Malo Gledhill ... Un enfant

Directed by
Olivier Assayas 
 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Olivier Assayas  writer

Produced by
Claire Dornoy .... executive producer
Charles Gillibert .... producer
Marin Karmitz .... producer
Nathanaël Karmitz .... producer
 
Cinematography by
Eric Gautier 
 
Film Editing by
Luc Barnier 
 
Casting by
Antoinette Boulat 
 
Art Direction by
Fanny Stauff 
 
Set Decoration by
Sandrine Mauvezin 
 
Makeup Department
Morgane Bernhard .... key hair stylist
Lydia Pujols .... makeup artist
 
Production Management
Sylvie Barthet .... production manager
Thomas Colban .... assistant unit manager trainee (segment)
Karine Ebert .... assistant unit manager
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Luc Bricault .... second assistant director
Héléna Cotinier .... additional third assistant director
Matthew Gledhill .... first assistant director
Delphine Heude .... assistant director
 
Art Department
Vincent Amiel .... construction coordinator
Dominique Coste .... property buyer
Tibor Dora .... carpenter
Fabien Lang .... props
Florent Maillot .... property master
Diane Sorin .... assistant art director
Fanny Stauff .... first assistant art director
 
Sound Department
Laurent Boudaud .... sound re-recording mixer
Nicolas Cantin .... sound editor
Nicolas Cantin .... sound recordist
Jérôme Chenevoy .... boom operator
Dominique Eyraud .... boom operator
Olivier Goinard .... sound editor
Olivier Goinard .... sound mixer
Jérôme Petit .... assistant sound editor
Jérôme Petit .... sound assistant
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Antoine Aybes-Gille .... assistant camera
Raphaël Dougé .... assistant camera
Gil Fontbonne .... grip
Léo Hinstin .... second assistant camera
Fabienne Octobre .... first assistant camera
Benoît Rizzotti .... first assistant camera (as Benoît Rizzoti)
Olivia Roudon .... assistant camera
 
Casting Department
Elsa Pharaon .... casting: children
 
Editorial Department
Lise Courtès .... assistant editor
Julie Delord .... assistant editor
Isabelle Julien .... color grader
Nelly Ollivault .... assistant editor
 
Other crew
Charlotte Bayle .... titles designer
Tatiana Bouchain .... production assistant
Christophe Chauveau .... key location scout
Clémentine Schaeffer .... script supervisor
 

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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"L'heure d'été" - France (original title)
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Runtime:
103 min
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Trivia:
Charles Berling previously starred in Olivier Assayas's film, Demonlover (2002).See more »
Goofs:
Continuity: 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 »
Quotes:
Éloïse:He said to choose anything. l couldn't take advantage. l took something ordinary. What would l do with something valuable?See more »
Movie Connections:
Remade as Summer Hours (????)See more »
Soundtrack:
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22 out of 25 people found the following review useful.
Post Mortem Residues and Family, 31 May 2009
Author: gradyharp from United States

SUMMER HOURS (L'heure d'été) is more of a reverie than a story for a film. This very French film touches the subject of family - the meaning and influence and contradictions - in an examination of coping with the death of the matriarch and her wishes versus the intentions of the siblings. Writer/Director Olivier Assayas seems less interested in allowing the viewer to get to know the individuals of the story than he is with conveying the vacuum of death and the aftermath of dealing with it in the setting of a family of grown children.

The film opens as it closes - in summer with scenes awash with French countryside living. Three children have gathered with their families for the 75th birthday of their mother, the elegant and wistful Hélène (Edith Scob) whose adoration of her famous painter uncle presses on her mind as she senses her own mortality. One son, Frédéric (Charles Berling) is her confidant in hearing her wishes about the dispersal of the house and furniture and art that mean so much to her. Her other son Jérémie (Jérémie Renier) has traveled from his new home in China where his tennis shoes company has stationed him: his fondness for his mother is apparent but his need for financing makes him view the wishes of his mother in a more practical light. Her daughter Adrienne (Juliet Binoche) has traveled from her preferred new home in New York City and views the wishes of her mother with a similar practical and somewhat distant stance.

Some time later the mother dies and the children gather for the funeral and for the discussion of what to do with the 'inheritance'. The interplay between the sentimental Frédéric and the pragmatic Adrienne and Jérémie bring about questions of placing the art and furniture with museums and the selling of the house of their youth. Gentle undertones of sibling relationships and questions about the quality of memorabilia versus the practicality of getting on with living provide the final movement. The film ends in a coda that returns the younger generation (Hélène's grandchildren) to the beauty of the gardens of the now empty French house. The thread that holds the film together is the presence of the longtime housekeeper Éloïse (Isabelle Sadoyan), the gentle being that understands it all.

Though the film is beautifully acted and photographed there is very little development of the various characters, a fact that leaves the viewer with the feeling of simply peeking through a windowpane to watch a French family walk through a moment in life and in death. Nothing much happens here: the film is more a reverie, but a very beautiful one to relax and enjoy. Grady Harp

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