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Summer Hours (2008)

L'heure d'été (original title)
Not Rated | | Drama, Family | 5 June 2009 (USA)
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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.

Director:

Olivier Assayas

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Olivier Assayas
8 wins & 23 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Juliette Binoche ... Adrienne
Charles Berling ... Frédéric
Jérémie Renier ... Jérémie
Edith Scob ... Hélène
Dominique Reymond Dominique Reymond ... Lisa
Valérie Bonneton Valérie Bonneton ... Angela
Isabelle Sadoyan Isabelle Sadoyan ... Éloïse
Kyle Eastwood ... James
Alice de Lencquesaing Alice de Lencquesaing ... Sylvie
Emile Berling Emile Berling ... Pierre
Jean-Baptiste Malartre ... Michel Waldemar
Gilles Arbona Gilles Arbona ... Maître Lambert
Eric Elmosnino ... Le commissaire de police
Marc Voinchet Marc Voinchet ... Présentateur radio
Sara Martins ... Atachée de presse
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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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Genres:

Drama | Family

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Country:

France

Language:

French | English

Release Date:

5 June 2009 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Summer Hours See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

€4,400,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$49,484, 17 May 2009, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$1,641,025, 21 August 2009
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Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

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

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When the movie starts, it is said that Helene is 75 years old. The Los Angeles retrospective is also mentioned as an event to happen soon after that first reunion, and given that Helene dies little time after that, we can perfectly assume that she was 76 at most when she passed away. Yet, near the end of the film, a shot of her grave denotes that she was born circa 1912, and that she died in 2007. That would make her around 95 at the time of her death. 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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Gwydion's Dream
Written and performed by Robin Williamson
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What's the meaning of heritage?
6 March 2008 | by babevac2See all my reviews

Hélène Berthier, niece of a famous painter, receive her children and grand children for her birthday, and take this opportunity to talk about her death, and what will happen to her uncle's collection. Once dead, Frederic, her elder son think that they'll keep the house as it his, but his brother and sister don't live in France anymore and think that it would more intelligent to sell. When I was expecting the family to be destroyed around this heritage, nothing like that happens, they all accept and the rarity in the 21 century of families having things that could belong to museums takes an end. This film is extremely beautiful, for many reasons. First because it can touch everyone who lost someone and saw what was theirs, being sold and put in many places. Then this film is beautiful because it shows also how everyone accepts that but also suffers from what they can't keep together: family, past, heritage! To me it shows better than any Amelie, or La Vie en Rose what being French means: being thorn between the heritage of a culture and an appeal of modernity, wanting to keep your roots alive and spread toward the world. This is funny how this thought came through my mind "Why do they want to live in Beijing or New York?" suddenly being in the film, that seemed weird to me when I just lived two years and a half in London, and probably won't stay in my old country forever. The actors are great, Edith Scob playing the extremely classy Hélène, and Charles Berling, Jeremy Regnier and Juliette Binoche are very touching and human. It's important to say, that the object are also characters in this story, and it's scary at the end to see them in the museum d'Orsay, how they lost life or are recovering some. It's important to say that this film was a project with the museum, and I think that it is brilliant to make us pay attention to the details of these objects when generally we're not. Question: is art made for museum or to live with it? People wouldn't try to steal them from museum if the answer was museums… If you want to see my other critics: http://www.silverparticules.blogspot.com


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