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Summer Hours (2008)Summer Hours (2008)

Summer Hours (2008)

An affecting family drama that also asks questions about art, home, and mortality

Comedy, Drama, Family

best
THE VERY BEST

8.0

movie

France

French

Easy, Emotional, Lighthearted

2008

Olivier Assayas

Alice de Lencquesaing, Charles Berling, Dominique Reymond

100 min

Synopsis

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.

Our Take

8.0
Renee Cuisia

Summer Hours centers on three siblings tasked with sorting the valuable pieces their mother left behind. Frédéric (Charles Berling), the eldest, has different ideas about inheritance than his overseas siblings. Will their beloved house stay or go? Will the art? The furniture? Can they afford to keep all these for sentimental reasons or would it be wiser to sell them? They go back and forth on these questions, rarely agreeing but always keeping in mind the life these seemingly inanimate objects occupy, as well as the memories they evoke, which are beyond priceless.  

Summer Hours resists melodrama, opting instead for the simple power of restraint—of unspoken words and charged glances. And the result is a quietly affecting movie that basks in the details to paint a wonderful, overall picture of home and family.

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