Late August, Early September
Late August, Early September (1999)

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.

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Rated: Unrated
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Release Date: May 27, 2003
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82%
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74%


Critic Score: 82% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Jonathan Rosenbaum
Chicago Reader

Assayas's sense of how relationships evolve between people over time is conveyed with a rich and vivid novelistic density.

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Peter Rainer
New York Magazine/Vulture

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.

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Film4

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.

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Derek Elley
Variety

A kaleidoscopic but engrossing study of the shifting sands of friendship among a group of Parisians.

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Mick LaSalle
San Francisco Chronicle

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.

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David Parkinson
Empire Magazine

A disappointingly sterotypical French film.

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Time Out

It's a bit like a Woody Allen film without the kvetching or the wisecracks, but younger and more vital.

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Charles Taylor
Salon.com

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.

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Sandra Contreras
TV Guide's Movie Guide

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.

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