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Olivier Assayas (writer)
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Release Date:
5 March 2008 (France) 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 & 12 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)
 
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 Rizzoti .... first assistant camera
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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Also Known As:
"L'heure d'été" - France (original title)
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103 min
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Continuity: The shape of Adrienne's apple and the discoloration marks from oxidization change repeatedly during the conversation with her brothers.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?See more »
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Remade as Summer Hours (????)See more »

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37 out of 42 people found the following review useful.
A splintering world, from the French point of view, 30 September 2008
Author: Chris Knipp from Berkeley, California

Assayas says this film more or less sums up all his work so far, and that may surprise some, since it is so different, so indistinguishable in many ways from the work of other contemporary French filmmakers who deal with middle class life. And the impulse behind the film was something trivial and occasional, a request from the Musée d'Orsay to do something, as they'd asked Hou Hsiau-hsien (the result was Hou's 'Flight of the Red Balloon'). Hou's film uses the d'Orsay so incidentally I can hardly remember how it fits in; but Assayas takes the idea of a museum quite seriously and literally. His story is about a family, and a mother who dies in her mid-seventies leaving behind a house and a collection of museum pieces, works of art, furniture, and fine objects.

We begin with a scene quite conventional in French films: the seasonal family gathering. The 'Heure d'été' (summer hour), is a moment when adult siblings Adrienne (Juliette Binoche, the star of Hou's 'Balloon,' though including her again was not a d'Orsay requirement), Frédéric (Charles Berling, his third time in an Assayas film, and a kind of alter ego here), and Jérémie (Jérémie Renier) with parts of their families, have come to the family's beautiful country place to celebrate the 75th birthday of their mother Hélène (Edith Scob). Hélène is one of those perfectly slim, elegant, erect French women. She spends a lot of time telling Frédéric, to his annoyance, about the valuables the children will inherit when she dies, including a handsome 19th-century desk, display case, and other objects, the sketchbooks of her famous uncle, the artist Jean Berthier, two Corot paintings, and two large sketches by Odilon Redon. They will want to dispose of them all, she says, and the house. She has certain requirements. The D'Orsay wants the furniture; the sketchbooks must be kept together. Some objects she is giving to him.

After this sequence, Hélène is dead, perhaps a year later. She has gone to San Francisco for the start of a major traveling exhibition of Berthier's work, and there has been a presentation in France on his personal life (including the fact that he was gay, and other controversial information) which shook her considerably. And her involvement in the production of a book, a catalog, and the traveling exhibition all wore her down and left her devastated and empty when they were completed.

It is against Frédéric 's wishes, but when the siblings meet again, it's obvious Hélène was right and the possessions and the house must be sold, and the old housekeeper, Eloise (Isabelle Sadoyan) must be released. Jérémie, who works for a company that makes running shoes, is going to take his wife and kids to live in China permanently. Adrienne, who is a designer, lives in New York, and she's going to marry her American boyfriend and stay there. They can't go back to the country house regularly any more. It seems Frédéric gets a raw deal, because he, whom the dispersal of family heirlooms hurts the most, is going to have to deal with the nuts and bolts of the process, because he's the only one who lives in France. But that's the way it is, and what's more Jérémie needs money to set up in his new life in China.

Assayas goes into the details, even showing a meeting of the curators and administrators concerned with the donation at the Musée d'Orsay. They are particularly interested in the furniture and the Redons (the Corots are sold elsewhere). One official objects that these things will just go into storage.

This is a suavely composed picture, but it still comes across as the most elegant of instructional films, if such existed for showing at posh schools to teach children of the wealthy how to deal with inheritances in the world of globalization. Yes, globalization is what Assayas is talking about, though the word is used in his comments on the film, not in the screenplay itself. Assayas' didacticism this time is admirably straightforward, and at the same time, the ideas are presented in what for Assayas is an unusually warm context. One of the touchstones is the old housekeeper, Eloise, who returns to the house when it's been shut up, and goes to Hélène's grave to deposit flowers. The important point is that this is not about the traditional family squabble over inheritance. Though Frédéric is saddened, there is no argument, and he and Jérémie pointedly (maybe too pointedly) part friends. There are other little details that are accurate and practical. It's pointed out that Adrienne's plan to sell the sketchbooks in New York through Christie's won't work. The French government is unlikely to let them out of the country. Frédéric is away a lot too, and for whatever reason he has to pick up his teenage daughter, caught stealing, and holding pot. But the final scene, which again is warmly didactic, shows that daughter with her boyfriend and a bunch of her friends invading the old house one last time, saying a sad farewell..

As I'm not the first to comment, this is one of Assayas' simplest films, but it's also one of his most touching and meaningful. Instructional film though it may be, it deals with subject matter that can move the hardest heart. If you don't care about losing a parent, you will surely be touched with the thought of losing the places of your childhood--and family money. If love won't get you, money will. And there is a final meditation by Frédéric at the D'Orsay where he and his wife Lisa (Dominique Reymond) look at the objects they've donated (not in storage) and consider the other trade-off: a contribution to history and the public's culture has been made, but the objects are like prisoners now, shut up in a cold space, robbed of their human context in a family's life.

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