• Summer Hours (2009)

Summer Hours

Release Date: May 15th, 2009

Not Yet Rated |1 hr 42 min

Plot Summary

When elderly matriarch Hélène Berthier (Édith Scob) discovers that her health is declining, she contacts her three adult children about contending with her valuable art collection after her passing. As the family gathers, local son Frédéric (Charles Berling) is on hand, while his jet-setting siblings, Adrienne (Juliette Binoche) and Jérémie (Jérémie Renier), fly in from abroad. Together, they try to agree on what to do with their mother's collection, as they also grapple with her mortality.

Cast: Juliette Binoche, Charles Berling, Jérémie Renier, Édith Scob, Dominique Reymond, Kyle Eastwood, Alice De Lencquesaing, Eric Elmosnino

Director: Olivier Assayas

Genres: Drama

Keywords: Sister, Emotional, Son, Family, Daughter, Mother, France, Love, Brother, 2000s, Moving

Ratings & Reviews

  • 80
    Ray BennettThe Hollywood Reporter

    Assayas makes the point that objects of fascination and affection to one generation may be far less so to the next. And he observes the role that people-friendly museums can play in keeping a nation's treasures safe with pleasing subtlety. show more

  • 89
    Paste Magazine

    It’s a meditation on how objects carry history, how they reflect our decaying bones, and how they sometimes outlive us. show more

  • 80
    Joe MorgensternWall Street Journal

    Much of Summer Hours, which was shot by the excellent Eric Gautier, feels like a Chekhov play and resonates like a Schubert quartet; it’s a work of singular loveliness. show more

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