Late August, Early September
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Late August, Early September
Olivier Assayas directed this French drama, examining several relationships over a year's span, capturing varying textures and shades of feeling between people from late August of one year until early September of the next.
Rotten Tomatoes Score: 82%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"Assayas's sense of how relationships evolve between people over time is conveyed with a rich and vivid novelistic density."
‑ Jonathan Rosenbaum, Chicago Reader
"The cast, including Virginie Ledoyen, François Cluzet, and Mathieu Amalric, is as well coordinated as a fine chamber-music ensemble; their entrances and vanishings and re-entries play like recurring motifs."
‑ Peter Rainer, New York Magazine/Vulture
"The individual plot lines fit together seamlessly and the cast is easy on the eye, but this melancholy trawl through the quagmire of modern relationships is not outstanding."
‑ , Film4
"The characters are all properly engaging and interesting, but the story feels the same as many others I've seen."
‑ Jeffrey M. Anderson, Combustible Celluloid
"The cast is full of talented French actors -- Virginie Ledoyen, Francois Cluzet, Mathieu Amalric, Jeanne Balibar -- who play people with flaws and fears and who eventually reach a tender understanding."
‑ Paula Nechak, Seattle Post-Intelligencer
"A kaleidoscopic but engrossing study of the shifting sands of friendship among a group of Parisians."
‑ Derek Elley, Variety
"The film doesn't leave the audience with a moral. It just leaves a sense of having been in the stimulating company of passionate people."
‑ Mick LaSalle, San Francisco Chronicle
"A disappointingly sterotypical French film."
‑ David Parkinson, Empire Magazine
"clever and thoughtful"
‑ Rich Cline, Shadows on the Wall
"Reveals the terrible fragility of male friendship and the ways in which it often disappoints those who invest it with burdens it cannot bear."
‑ Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat, Spirituality and Practice
"It's a bit like a Woody Allen film without the kvetching or the wisecracks, but younger and more vital."
‑ , Time Out
"It is, in many ways, a modest film. But a director who offers glimpses of life that are recognizable in both detail and texture isn't so common that we can afford to overlook what he has achieved here."
‑ Charles Taylor, Salon.com
"Assayas avoids easy resolutions, and Ali Farka Toure's score reminds us that each year brings with it a possibility that one will change the cycle."
‑ Sandra Contreras, TV Guide's Movie Guide
"Assayas puts a shiny gloss on those who choose to live loose lives..."
‑ Dennis Schwartz, Ozus' World Movie Reviews
"Denis Lenoir's camera is almost always on the move, shoulder-borne, shuddering or looking for blurred close-up detail to put to use in the film's transitional sequences."
‑ Chris Darke, Sight and Sound
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