Director: Olivier Assayas
Cast: Juliette Binoche, Charles Berling, Jérémie Renier
Duration: 103 mins
Country of Origin: France
“An exquisitely subtle film about the relationship of people to the precious things that surround them. A major success… deceptively complex yet featherlight.”
Lynden Barber, ABC LIMELIGHT MAGAZINE
“Beautiful. Reminds us gently and persuasively of the films of the great Renoir.”
Derek Malcolm, THE EVENING STANDARD
“Rich, ambitious… this is a mature film by an accomplished director.”
Paul Byrnes, THE SYDNEY MORNING HERALD
“Lovely. The gradual accumulation of emotions and ideas builds to a hushed climax that packs as big a punch as any blockbuster.”
Mark Naglazas, THE WEST AUSTRALIAN
In SUMMER HOURS, the divergent paths of three forty-something siblings collide after their mother (Edith Scob), heiress to her uncle’s exceptional 19th century art collection, dies suddenly, leaving them to come to terms with themselves and their differences. Adrienne (Juliette Binoche) a successful New York designer, Frédéric (Charles Berling) an economist and university professor in Paris, and Jérémie (Jérémie Renier) a dynamic businessman in China, are forced to discuss the practical details concerning the collection: preserve or sell? Display, or protect? In doing so they must confront the end of childhood, their shared memories, background and unique vision of the future.
Every moment of this wonderful film is imbued with longing, joy, regret and illumination. Incisively written, superbly acted and boasting a delicately understated approach to the subject matter, Assayas’ film moves effortlessly through its narrative with all the grace of Renoir at the height of his powers.