Great story about three siblings having to break up their mother's estate. I'm surprised that this topic has seldom been done before, even though we will all have to do it (and it will be done to our possessions after we go). If I was French, this film would be very worrying, since France and the mother's estate are things whose day has passed, and now the best bits should be put in a museum for tourists to gawp at.
One of Assayas' finest works. Pierre Bourdieu would have loved it. This should be watched in conjunction with Nicole Holofcener's Please Give. They both deal with material culture, status, social capital, and the changing lifestyles of the upper middle class.
Good film but Assayas lets the characters off the hook a little by having them all work in different countries. I understand the reason for doing this, and it allows us to consider the more subjective concept of value from a number of alternate perspectives, but the relativist view of selling out vs preservation is a bitter pill to swallow.
Kudos for not dividing values completely across generational lines