L'Heure d'été (Summer Hours)
L'Heure d'été (Summer Hours) (2009)

Three siblings must come to terms with their mother's mortality as they decide what to do with her valuable belongings in this warm family drama from filmmaker Olivier Assayas. Hélène Berthier (Edith Scob) is about to turn 75, and her… More

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Rated: Unrated
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Release Date: May 15, 2009
DVD Release Date: April 20, 2010
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Critic Score: 93% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: Olivier Assayas' contemplative family drama handles lofty ideas about art and culture with elegance and lightness.

Derek Elley

Assayas' script is more allusive than demonstrative, with a distinct whiff of Eric Rohmer in its conversational blocks separated by fadeouts.

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Stephen Cole
Globe and Mail

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?

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Eric Hynes
Stop Smiling

Avoiding easy conflict and histrionics, Summer Hours instead shows loving siblings, relatives and friends negotiating differences the best that they can.

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Jonathan F. Richards

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.

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Greg Quill
Toronto Star

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.

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Stuart Klawans
The Nation

Olivier Assayas's new meditation on French domestic life, the wisely ironic Summer Hours, begins with children's games and ends with adolescent partying and pairing off -- that is, the real business of life

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Ray Bennett
Hollywood Reporter

Evocative look at a family trying to decide what to do with its treasures.

Peter Rainer
Christian Science Monitor

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?

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Frédéric Bonnaud
Film Comment Magazine

( ... ) 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.

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Flixster Audience Score: 69% Flixster User Reviews
Rubia Carolina
"Summer Hours" is a movie about life just like life is. Such as we see in "L´eau froide", Olivier Assayas offer us great and naturalistic… More
Cynthia S.
A typical French film: heavy on feelings, and relationships, with no seeming action or purpose. Well done, good insight into people trying to lead a good life,… More
Michael S
"Summer Hours" from Olivier Assayas is a completely absorbing and poignant character piece; one of the finest and most authentic films about the… More
Jake ....
They say that you should never judge things by their cover and I've always been among the rebellious minority who ignore this advice. After all, a cover or… More
Jim Hunter
A kindly matriarch leaves her palatial country estate to her three grown children who, after her death, debate whether or not to sell and what is lost if they… More
Greg S
Three siblings amicably divide a large French estate. Thoughtful, realistic and well-acted, but mundane, and even tedious at times.