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  1. opandadodavid's rating of the film Summer Hours

    The scene where they are taking the pieces of art from the house is just beautifully crafted. It's so beautiful the simple fact that while the experts are taking the paintings from the wall, Frédéric is turning on the fireplace, making tea, trying to keep the house alive even though Hélène is long gone, just as it will happen with her things soon enough...

  2. Victor Morosoff's rating of the film Summer Hours

  3. Lynch/Fellini's rating of the film Summer Hours

    Olivier Assayas crafted a mature family drama that is devoid of sentimentality while simultaneously remaining breezy.

  4. Alexander Dunkelberger's rating of the film Summer Hours

    Perfect moment of beauty in this film. The old woman walks up the steps to the house after the children have left. That and a couple other scenes make this as good as it is.

  5. rdesnos's rating of the film Summer Hours

  6. David Sindmark Hörnfeldt's rating of the film Summer Hours

    The most rewarding level of this film is the most literal, I think. Though if you want it can be about, like, the loss of national identity in a global age and the sadness of conservative values being lost or, quite literally, being put in museums. Though the only way, in my opinion, to sucessfully romantizice the past is to mourn its passing it's still not the best way to view the film.

  7. Renton47's rating of the film Summer Hours

    Maybe not one of the great works of 21st century art but is surely one of the great works about 20th century art. Specifically its utility + possession. Does it belong to the masses or is it intensely personal? That this is foregrounded as capital while the siblings change countries makes it distinctly Assayas, his camera roving like one of those filmed gallery spaces. Looks like a painting, feels like a novel.

  8. Jérémy Poirier's rating of the film Summer Hours

    Such a beautiful film. A sweet and poignant story about family, legacy and time. It is superbly written, acted and gorgeously shot. Just the film I needed right now. I have so much love for Olivier Assayas.

  9. FISCHER's rating of the film Summer Hours

    Une œuvre particulièrement émouvante et sobre, des qualités et des qualificatifs en général guère caractéristiques du style et de la production du metteur en scène... www.cinefiches.com

  10. Balthaz21's rating of the film Summer Hours

  11. Chris's rating of the film Summer Hours

    very restrained yet touching at the same time

  12. lrawren@umich.edu's rating of the film Summer Hours

  13. Miguel Duarte's rating of the film Summer Hours

  14. Andrew Miller's rating of the film Summer Hours

    The next generation climbs over the garden wall in search of a new garden... but they remember.

  15. paxy's rating of the film Summer Hours

  16. Mister Monkeyman's rating of the film Summer Hours

    It's rare to come across a film that refuses to exploit its characters for the sake of a juicier plot. The film is a very restrained and subtle study of what happens to a family when the last of the parents are gone and decisions must be made about the things that they left behind.

  17. Ronja's rating of the film Summer Hours

    the banality of classes, the banality of death, the banality of a predestined life

  18. Luca Bottazzi's rating of the film Summer Hours

  19. mpho3's rating of the film Summer Hours

    "This is an end-of-an-era movie, the story of how a family learns to let go of the physical possessions that have helped define their familial identity. It’s also about the way the things around us, divorced from the life of their surroundings [or the secrets behind them], can end up meaning nothing. The only way to hang onto the past is to let it go." - Andrew O'Hehir, Salon. 3.5 stars

  20. Robert's rating of the film Summer Hours

    Beautifully shot, well cast film about a French family wondering what to do with all their museum quality furniture when the matriarch dies. **SPOILER ALERT** (they end up giving it mostly to a museum due to tax liability issues) (no, seriously, really heartbreaking scene talking with the family's estate tax lawyer about the pros and cons of allocating their ginormous estate) **End Spoiler**

  21. TFCHooligan69's rating of the film Summer Hours

    I watched this as the second film in a double shot alongside Kore-eda's Still Walking. Both are magnificent in their own respective ways. Fabulous from its opening shot to its closing credits. Simply put, a must-see.

  22. Richmond Hill's rating of the film Summer Hours

    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.

  23. Shoshana Eilon's rating of the film Summer Hours

    Check out this interview with director Olivier Assayas on the Filmmaker wensite: http://filmmakermagazine.com/spring2009/summer-hours.php

  24. Michael Guillen's rating of the film Summer Hours

    As I wrote when I reviewed this film at TIFF08, Summer Hours is "an evocative portrait of the turning of generations and the manner in which beautiful belongings return to the world." The "sermon of the inanimate" has rarely been rendered so subtly. I was so happy to see it included in the SFIFF52 lineup.

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