L'Heure d'été (Summer Hours)
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Two brothers and a sister witness the gradual disappearance of their childhood memories when they must relinquish the family belongings to ensure their deceased mother's succession.

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 93%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"Assayas' script is more allusive than demonstrative, with a distinct whiff of Eric Rohmer in its conversational blocks separated by fadeouts."
‑ Derek Elley, Variety
"Where a Hollywood film of a family feuding over a fabulous estate would surely end with a slapped face and an infantry charge of lawyers, Assayas's work concludes with a smile and a shrug. Life goes on. What else can it do?"
‑ Stephen Cole, Globe and Mail
"( ... ) Summer Hours is Assayas's best film set on home turf-the one that best puts things in perspective and loudly proclaims that one must know how to shed dead skin to go on living."
‑ Frédéric Bonnaud, Film Comment Magazine
"manages a sense of genuine poignancy that never becomes sticky or sentimental"
‑ James Kendrick, Q Network Film Desk
"The [movie's] concern might feel a little old-fashioned ... but in this film it's reasonably, solemnly, and levelheadedly expressed."
‑ Jeffrey Chen, Window to the Movies
"n Summer Hours, Olivier Assayas's gently provocative rumination on family and possessions, a trio of siblings wrestles with the problem of what to do with the old homestead once Mother is gone."
‑ Jonathan F. Richards, Film.com
"Performances in this small and profoundly eloquent film are superb, yet none redirects attention from Assayas's earnest meditation on the ravaging effects of a shrinking world on family traditions and entrenched personal relationships."
‑ Greg Quill, Toronto Star
"Has the feel, if not the look, of an old man's film, a meditation on the passing of time."
‑ Kelly Vance, East Bay Express
"The film resonates with emotions as authentic as the details. ... And it asks us to ponder what makes the objects in our lives meaningful."
‑ Jeffrey Overstreet, Looking Closer
"A subtle, flawlessly acted, keenly observed family drama and poignant meditation on memory, identity, and history in the age of postmodernism and globalization."
‑ Emanuel Levy, EmanuelLevy.Com
"Evocative look at a family trying to decide what to do with its treasures."
‑ Ray Bennett, Hollywood Reporter
"This is a movie that, for all its once-over-lightliness, stays with one. Given what it's about, and the intelligence of its makers, how could it not?"
‑ Peter Rainer, Christian Science Monitor
"...leisurely paced but intensely gripping film - which doesn't lend itself to facile capsulization - follows three generations of a French family as they prepare for the imminent death of their matriarch"
‑ Philip Martin, Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
"The film and its characters are smart, sincere and fully alive in ways we rarely have the opportunity to see."
‑ Christopher Long, Movie Metropolis
"A well-constructed film about the end of a life and uncertainty about the future."
‑ Robert Roten, Laramie Movie Scope
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