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Summer Hours (2008)

L'heure d'été (original title)
Not Rated | | Drama, Family | 5 June 2009 (USA)
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Two brothers and a sister witness the disappearance of their childhood memories when they must relinquish the family belongings to ensure their deceased mother's succession.

Director:

Olivier Assayas

Writer:

Olivier Assayas
8 wins & 23 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Juliette Binoche ... Adrienne
Charles Berling ... Frédéric
Jérémie Renier ... Jérémie
Edith Scob ... Hélène
Dominique Reymond Dominique Reymond ... Lisa
Valérie Bonneton Valérie Bonneton ... Angela
Isabelle Sadoyan Isabelle Sadoyan ... Éloïse
Kyle Eastwood ... James
Alice de Lencquesaing Alice de Lencquesaing ... Sylvie
Emile Berling Emile Berling ... Pierre
Jean-Baptiste Malartre ... Michel Waldemar
Gilles Arbona Gilles Arbona ... Maître Lambert
Eric Elmosnino ... Le commissaire de police
Marc Voinchet Marc Voinchet ... Présentateur radio
Sara Martins ... Atachée de presse
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Storyline

In a small town, Hélène is a family matriarch who has devoted her life to preserving the legacy of her artist uncle. However, while her eldest son, Frédéric, wants to preserve her home after her passing, she harbors no such illusions as she prepares her legacy. After her death, her children realize what she anticipated as they come to terms with their inheritance's place in their own lives. In the resulting disposition of their mother's assets, treasured heirlooms of a romantic family past drift away even as their changing modern world confronts the value of their memories. Written by Kenneth Chisholm (kchishol@rogers.com)

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Genres:

Drama | Family

Certificate:

Not Rated | See all certifications »

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Country:

France

Language:

French | English

Release Date:

5 June 2009 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Summer Hours See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

EUR4,400,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$49,484, 17 May 2009

Gross USA:

$1,657,001

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$7,659,258
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Charles Berling previously starred in Olivier Assayas's film, Demonlover (2002). See more »

Goofs

Grandmother's two most valuable objects, the Corots, are hung where they'll both get lots of sunlight, guaranteed to damage the colors. Since once gets the definite impression that little in the house has changed over many years, these pictures would be toast by now. See more »

Quotes

Éloïse: He said to choose anything. l couldn't take advantage. l took something ordinary. What would l do with something valuable?
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Remade as Summer Hours See more »

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Little Cloud
Written by Mike Heron
Performed by The Incredible String Band
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On emotional identity
19 March 2011 | by paul2001sw-1See all my reviews

A film about talented rich people squabbling, albeit very gently, about an inheritance would normally be a candidate to make my hackles rise. But 'Summer Hours' is a sensitive, subtle movie, that explores non-judgmentally what is important to us, and why: in short, how we define our emotional identities. The characters seem likable, but display an ordinary selfishness, and the film lightly samples the passions that make each of them tick. It's a very wordy movie, so much so, it could almost have been a stage play, but the director has a great sense of place, evoking his characters own feelings for place and the movie never feels heavy. In one sense, the ending is a touch underwhelming; but in keeping with the film's overall style. I liked it, a lot: the sort of film that only the French seem to make.


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