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. Gabriel (Mathieu Amalric) and Jenny (Jeanne Balibar) separate, despite the affection that still binds them. A new love develops between Gabriel and young designer Anne (Virginie Ledoyen) as they overcome their fears and uncertainties. At his publishing job, much of Gabriel's emotional energy is spent on his close friend Adrien (Francois Cluzet), a once-promising… More
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,
"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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