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L'heure d'été

3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
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  • Language: French
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)

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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars L'Heures d'Ete 22 April 2009
L'Heures d'Ete (Summer Hours) is a gentle story about how a family's priorities change over time.

Juliette Binoche is splendid as one of the adult siblings; she looks about 10 years younger than her passport would suggest (aided by a bold hair lightening, which, whilst quite a surprise, certainly takes the years off). Her character is light and humerous (another departure), and the story slightly sad, but inevitable and by no means cloying.

Definitely European in feel (wordy, thoughtful, a little slow) but without the artsyness or angst that can be a little too heavy in continental movies. Refreshing to see a current film with not a single special effect or product placement.
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19 of 21 people found the following review helpful
By Suave
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
This is a thought provoking, introspective, carefully observed movie by writer-director Olivier Assayas. The film was made to celebrate the 20th anniversary of the Musee d'Orsay. You will see the old, elegant French furniture and paintings (Corot, Monet)and large sketches by Odilon Redon, which are loans for the film from the Musee d'Orsay. I fell in love with Juliette Binchoe's character who is a terrifyingly chic designer living in New York. Above all, Charles Berling is fantastic in that film. He loves his mother house, objects, paintings and his heritage. He is the representation of Francophile in this film. He wants to protect the valuable artefacts in family collection because they are apart of his family identity and connection. He thinks that they are also essential for the future generation of his family. He wants to preserve this. But his siblings disagree! The film explores the idea of ownership & how private paintings and artefacts become museums collection. Only French could make this kind of drama. I would highly recommend this film.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Languidly unengaging... 9 Nov 2010
Cinéma vérité? That's what 'Summer Hours' seeks to be... a carefully crafted exploration of real people's lives. But, despite the excellent acting, intriguing story and beautiful cinema-photography the problem is that the film fails to explore the reasons why the characters feel the way they do. You want to know why, but it doesn't really tell you - there's no context to their emotions. For example, a man breaks down because his family home and all that it means to him is about to be lost, but there's insufficient evidence of why this means so much to him to make you engage in his, superbly acted, reaction. And, without this it just drifts along... leaving you thinking that there's a much better film below the surface trying to get out. 'Paris', with its similarly slow, 'true to life' storyline shows just how good this type of subtle French cinema (and Juliette Binoche) can be in the hands of the right director, but 'Summer Hours' isn't much more than a languidly enjoyable example of how not to do it.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Death Is For The Living 25 May 2014
'Summer Hours' is a film that talus to us a out the present. The mother of this family is celebrating her 75th birthday at their summer place outside of Paris. During this time she speaks to her oldest son, Frederic, played by Charles Berlinger. She wants him to know about the things she will be leaving behind, some very old and worthwhile when she us dead, and what should be done. She does not write anything down and does not trust lawyers. Her other children, Adrienne, played by Juliette Binoche us a very busy artist living in New York, and Jeremie played by Jeremie Renier lives in a China with his I family. They visit once a year as the mother expects, and this film is really about them.

Of course, the mother soon dies, the family decides to sell everything or give some of the valuable to a museum. The memories of mom center around her living with her uncle, a great artist, after their father and her husband dies. They all have their memories, and we share a little about their lives and their families. This film is about their decisions and his they will proceed with their lives. It gives us a glimpse into our futures.

Recommended. prisrob 05-25-14
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
At present this 2008 French movie is only available on BLU RAY in the States (with English subtitles). But therein lies a problem for UK and European buyers…

The US issue is REGION-A LOCKED - so it WILL NOT PLAY on most UK Blu Ray players unless they're chipped to play 'all' regions (which the vast majority aren't). Don’t confuse BLU RAY players that have multi-region capability on the 'DVD' front – that won’t help.

Until such time as someone in France or elsewhere gives “”Summer Hours” a REGION B and C release – check your BLU RAY player has the capacity to play REGION A – before you buy the expensive Criterion issue…
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7 of 11 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars End of an Era 1 Feb 2009
By L. Davidson VINE VOICE
"Summer Hours" is a contemplative,slow moving and fairly forgettable story about three siblings who gather together to decide what to do with their deceased mother's art collection and bric a brac that she had kept hoarded in her large rural home.Two of her three successful children live in far off lands and the responsibility for disposing of her large estate falls on the only child to remain living in France, an economist called Frederic.There's no real story in this film, not a lot happens in it and I could find no real theme or hidden meaning to it either.
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2.0 out of 5 stars endless chatter
When you create a film that consists largely of dialogue, then you'd better make sure these conversations are engaging enough to sustain the interest of the audience for the... Read more
Published on 18 July 2012 by dupris56
4.0 out of 5 stars i loved this film
it is very good and its one of those that you wish you could get everyone to rave abouts
have kept it for another chilled afternoon infront of a good film
Published on 6 May 2012 by gail nadezna
1.0 out of 5 stars definitely the most boring film I have ever watched
I agree with every word of the reviewer who called it "the candidate for the most boring film". It really is just about mum duying and her siblings politely discussing the... Read more
Published on 25 Mar 2012 by A Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Summer Hours
This is a superb modern example of what French cinema seems to do best - pull the viewer into the specific world of urban family life in all its complexities. Read more
Published on 8 July 2011 by La Marais
5.0 out of 5 stars Summer Hours
This is a delicious film. It portrays one aspect of how globalization affects culture, family life, and one's view of the world. Read more
Published on 6 Jun 2011 by Virginia B. Keyder
5.0 out of 5 stars Mysteries of family life
If & when their elderly mother dies, three siblings - grown up & leading busy independent lives - will have to decide whether the beautiful family home in the country & its... Read more
Published on 29 April 2011 by HJ
4.0 out of 5 stars sensitive and moving
This French film about siblings deciding the fate of an inheritance (a house with its collection of Art Nouveau furniture, and two Impressionist paintings) reminded me of the... Read more
Published on 14 April 2011 by melpomene
5.0 out of 5 stars A perfect day
Assayas,director of the monumental Carlos,with its worldly references,here shows he is also able to direct a quieter fictional film of the power of memories and the beauty of... Read more
Published on 18 Mar 2011 by technoguy
1.0 out of 5 stars Candidate for most boring film
This film is simply about Mum dying & three siblings politely debating the sharing of her estate. One son wants to keep the house for the three of them & their children to visit &... Read more
Published on 14 Mar 2011 by chas-g
5.0 out of 5 stars A little known gem, losing nothing in translation
A little known but perfect film, well deserving of the international awards it won in 2009. Each move, each gesture and intonation, each clearly heard silent thought strikes a... Read more
Published on 15 April 2010 by Mary Lynn Richardson
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