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A classy French drama for properly grown-up audience,
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This review is from: Summer Hours  [DVD] (DVD)
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.