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: July 9, 1999
DVD Release Date: May 27, 2003
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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.


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

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

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

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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