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.
Never quite sure if it’s not just a shop window for the Musee D’Orsay – part funded by them – but a satisfyingly slim elegy about value – family, art, memory, etc. that’s fluidly shot and tautly performed by the ensemble.
There was a time when people didn't disperse far and wide. It happens to friends and family. The family dynamic suffers from it making people isolated. It also benefits from it as well, as distance makes the heart grow fonder.