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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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Details

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

When the movie starts, it is said that Helene is 75 years old. The Los Angeles retrospective is also mentioned as an event to happen soon after that first reunion, and given that Helene dies little time after that, we can perfectly assume that she was 76 at most when she passed away. Yet, near the end of the film, a shot of her grave denotes that she was born circa 1912, and that she died in 2007. That would make her around 95 at the time of her death. 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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Connections

Remade as Summer Hours See more »

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Loser
Written by Katty Besnard (as K. Besnard)
Performed by Les Plastiscines (as Plasticines)
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Money or love?
26 July 2008 | by home-133See all my reviews

This is a haunting film about the distorting effects of monetary exchange on family life and the cohesion of society. It will give food for thought to anyone with elderly parents who may have accumulated a few works of art during their lifetime. At a time of grief, the bereaved have difficult questions to answer. The film-goer is left wondering, "What would I have done if I had been in a similar situation?" It is not a film to be quickly forgotten. Although the issue of the fate of the family's country house may be a specifically French theme, others dealt with are more universal and have a deep resonance for anyone with elderly relations. Juliette Binoche may be the name that draws film-goers in, but there is fine acting from all the performers.


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